Whether you’re intrigued by organic wine-growing principles, Like to be challenged by Pinot Noir, Pining for Canterbury fine-dining or looking to expand your Christmas cooking catalogue – the South Island Wine & Food Festival is dishing up a full program of free features like our popular cooking theatres.

fresh from the market – 12:00pm

Presented by riverside kitchen

Chefs Elliot and Steve from Riverside Kitchen will be working with a selection of the best produce, direct from Riverside Market.

This entertaining duo will present beef tartare with a root vegetable crisp, quail egg yolk and a Worcestershire reduction, plus a deceptively simple crispy skin salmon dish. Both dishes are delightfully easy to replicate at home.

bbq kai Moana & a few things to go with it – 1:00pm

Presented by alex davies

Chef Alex Davies of the renowned restaurant Gatherings will be demonstrating some clever cooking techniques with Kai Moana. Alex’s fresh take on seafood is easily achievable at home.

He’ll also whip up a couple of stunning vegetable side dishes to wow your plant-based mates.

venison two ways – 2:00pm

presented by mark southon

Joining us from the renowned O’Connell St Bistro, Mark Southon plates up a duo of delicious dishes, demonstrating the versatility of venison.

Trained in Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and resident chef on TV3’s The Cafe, Mark’s cooking is both refined and accessible. Mark will show you how to achieve impressive dishes with a few simple tips and tricks.

perfecting the platter – 3:00pm

presented by gary miller

Join festival favourite Gary Miller and Huntley & Palmers as they show you how to nail laid back entertaining with the perfect platter – Gary will share his tips and tricks for elevating your platter into a work of art.

You’ll learn how to create platter perfection – laden with local, seasonal ingredients, complemented by the refined flavours and perfect textures of Huntley & Palmers crackers. #PlatterGoals

seasonal inspiration – 4:00pm

presented by two raw sisters

Become inspired about making plants fun, exciting and delicious! Rosa and Margo, the Two Raw Sisters will show you how to make easy, cost effective and time efficient recipes using whole, unprocessed ingredients you are familiar with.

Focussing on the beautiful fresh produce summer has to offer, the Sisters will present two stunningly simple dishes bursting with flavour.