A new event in Akaroa has been organised to showcase the area's flourishing culinary culture.
The inaugural Akaroa Harvest Festival to be held on Saturday the 21st of April 2012 will celebrate the very best in Banks Peninsula food and wine.
Among the local businesses demonstrating and selling their wares on the day are award-winning wine maker Lake Forsyth; gold medal olive oil producer Robinson's Bay; purveyors of traditional oak smoked salmon Kingfisher Smoke House; and makers of handcrafted cheese Gruff Junction Goat Farm.
In addition to sampling the mouth watering fare on offer, you will also have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the day. If you're a keen snapper you might want to enter the festival's food photography competition. A dab hand at conserves? Put an entry in the best jam contest, which will be judged by the winner of the Akaroa Cooking School's Master Cook competition.
If you're looking for inspiration, head along to the Akaroa Cooking School's demonstration to see their chefs create a dish that harnesses the Peninsula's fabulous local flavours.
With a mural painting competition and loads of other fun activities for the kids, the Akaroa Harvest Festival is sure to be a great day out for the whole family.
One of the best things about the festival is that there is no admission charge. That's right, it's free!
Where: Akaroa Recreation Ground, Rue Lavaud , Akaroa
When: Saturday, 21st of April 2012, 10am to 4pm
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
10 April 2012