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The Food Show returns to Christchurch for 2016


Revving up for another big year – maybe its biggest ever – The Christchurch Food Show is once again all set to have us salivating and rushing home eagerly to try new ideas in the kitchen. Held from the 8th to the 10th of April 2016, at Horncastle Arena, it’s got some exciting new features in store this year in the forms of the Artisan Village and Street Food Alley.

The Artisan Village will be a specialist area at the show devoted to all things handmade, traditional and small-batch, with local producers and famers’ market faves such as Lovat Venison, Chorizo Garcia, Be Nourished and The Sausage Shed showcasing their lovingly produced and delicious wares.

Over at the new Street Food Alley meanwhile, you’ll find a place to satisfy the hunger that looking at and sampling all the delicious food at the show can work up, with primo ready-to-eat street food grub from Canterbury locals such as Dragon’s Den, Phnom Penh and Rollicking Gelato.

Elsewhere, the show will bring back regular favourites in all their glory. The Whirlpool Cooking Theatre will again be a show highlight; here you’ll be able to catch cooking demos from some of New Zealand's top culinary talent. Josh Emett (pictured) headlines a team that includes Ray McVinnie, Robert Oliver, Sachie Nomura, Annabelle White and more, who’ll each be cooking up some of their favourites and serving them up to lucky audience members with perfectly paired wine matches from key sponsor Waipara Hills.

And over 100 exhibitors will of course be pitching their own unique forms of deliciousness – everything from the latest cookware to award-winning cheeses and Kumara muesli to Spain’s best-selling garlic bread and sustainably-grown mussels. Seafood is in fact looking like a strong theme this year, with the presence of new and popular exhibitors such as The Hairy Mussel Company, Southern Clams, The Smokehouse and Aoraki Salmon good news for fans of kaimoana. And as usual there will be a strong regional presence, with familiar local names such as Peter Timbs Meats, Harrington’s Breweries, The Original Smoke and Spice Company, Divine Cakes & Desserts, Barrys Bay Cheese, Karikaas and many more on hand to showcase the best of Canterbury produce and/or craftsmanship.

Tickets are now available for the show at – you won’t want to miss this one, Christchurch foodies!


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