Patrons lap up unique flavours

By Amy Shanks

Another night and still more to offer with intimate, unique experiences featuring quality Hawke's Bay produce on day five of F.A.W.C.

Taste of Spain offered an intimate dinner at Deliciosa Tapas and Wine Bar in Havelock North, and sold out for two nights in a row.

The event was hosted by John Hancock of Trinity Hill who personally matched wines to a selection of traditional tapas dishes, prepared by Deliciosa's award winning chef.

There were six wines on offer, mostly Rioja with some comparative New Zealand wines thrown in the mix.

Trinity Hill was the first winery in New Zealand to plant the most prominent Rioja variety - Tempranillo in 2000.

People were able to chat with Mr Hancock about the wines in a relaxed atmosphere as delicious nibbles with a Spanish theme were served.

It was a night to remember for all who attended.

In Hastings it was time for That's Mr Wagyu held at Ten Twenty Four with chef Kent Baddeley and Firstlight.

Wagyu beef comes from cattle which are 100 per cent grass fed, just as nature intended.

Mr Baddeley designed a six course menu to showcase the product at its finest.

People were able to choose whether they enjoyed the evening with or without a wine match.

Firstlight started the evening with a talk about their product and as always Mr Baddeley was the host with the most.

Today's events

Tickets still available

Pasta e Basta at Milk and Honey (all about the pasta)

A taste of Italy brought to you by Milk and Honey chef, Paolo Pancotti and Jan Patulski, owner of Vetro Fine

Mediterranean foods. It's one big evening of pasta, in all its forms and shapes, featuring classic Italian family recipes. A special wine list will feature wines from Italy and Hawke's Bay.

From 7pm to 10pm. Tickets $71.

Black Barn Three Course Comedy Festival

Chortle your way through a fabulous night of food and fun at Black Barn Bistro - starring three courses and three of New Zealand's top comedians - Jesse Mulligan, Urzila Carlson and Guy Williams.

From 7pm to 9pm.

Tickets $102.

A Night on The Quarry

Join Steve Smith, Master of Wine and chief winemaker at Craggy Range, for an evening underground in the cellar dining room to celebrate The Quarry - one of the great wines in Craggy's Prestige Collection and a tribute to the creation of Gimblett Gravels. The evening begins with a vertical tasting of The Quarry, followed by an unforgettable four-course dinner by head chef, Leyton Ashley, expertly matched to single vineyard wines of Craggy Range.

From 7pm to 10pm. Tickets $235.

Seafood Odyssey at The Thirsty Whale Bar and Restaurant

Pull up a chair dockside and enjoy a seafood platter piled with whitebait and paua fritters, pan seared scallops, prawns and calamari. Accompanied by salsa, salads, dipping sauces and two glasses of Trinity Hill sav blanc.

Use your ticket any time between 10am and 10pm on day of purchase until Sunday.

Fine Wine and a Fiver at Breckenridge Lodge

Spend a night at Breckenridge Lodge for five courses, determined by your preferences and prepared by acclaimed chef, Malcolm Redmond. Wine matches from the lodge's cellar.

Sit down to a four-course breakfast the next day. Nightly until Saturday.


- Hawkes Bay Today

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