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Waiheke Olive Festival

Waiheke Island celebrates the start of summer and its place as a mecca for both foodies and boutique producers with the Waiheke Olive and Artisan Food Festival on 25 and 26 November 2012.

If you’re a lover the good things in life – specifically olives, good olive oil and quality local artisanal goods – then you won’t want to miss this event.

Ten local producers will showcase their olives, extra virgin olive oils and other olive-related products at the event in the grounds and groves of the picturesque Rangihoua Estate. Participants include: Kennedy Point Vineyard, Kowhai Close, Man O’ War Olives, Matiatia Grove, Matiatia Olive Estate, Number 29, Putiki Bay Olive Grove, Rangihoua Estate, Te Kahu Olive Grove and Te Whau Olives.

Come and meet local growers and sample some of the world’s best extra virgin olive oil in the delightful ambience of the Estate’s timbered tasting room, the Frantoio Room, which opens onto acres of rambling gardens.

In addition to tasting the 2010 season’s oil you’ll be able to purchase it at special festival only prices. There will also be loads of other delectable food and drink to try – the wine of Waiheke Island’s acclaimed vineyards, coffee, oysters and wood-fired pizzas, among other things.

Waiheke enjoys an excellent temperate climate, akin to that of the Mediterranean, with its long warm summers. The olives tend ripen over summer, are harvested in autumn and are ready to taste in spring. Some growers only produce on a small scale, mainly for their own enjoyment and that of family and friends, while others run thriving businesses filling mail orders and supplying shops on the island and the mainland. Many Waiheke producers have won awards and garnered plaudits both here in New Zealand and overseas for their oils.

Admission is $10 per person on the door and includes tastings. There are no age restrictions.

Go on treat the foodie in your life, buy a couple of tickets and make a day of it on Waiheke, Auckland’s island garden of gastronomic delights!

For further information visit the Rangihoua Estate website.

 

Editorial by Nicholas Chidley

8th November 2011

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