Food and wine festival dishes up mouth-watering menu

By Alice Lock

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Summer F.A.W.C kicks off with its fifth birthday celebration at the Black Barn Growers Market tonight. Photo / Warren Buckland
Summer F.A.W.C kicks off with its fifth birthday celebration at the Black Barn Growers Market tonight. Photo / Warren Buckland

Summer F.A.W.C launches with its fifth birthday celebration at the Black Barn Growers Market tonight.

The sold-out event has drawn up to 350 people from around the region who will line the marquee tasting and drinking some of Hawke's Bay's finest wine and produce.

F.A.W.C organiser Annie Dundas said it was going to be a lot of fun with the likes of Al Brown, Nadia Lim and Ray McVinnie all present.

"There will be wine and craft beers from 12 top wineries and it will showcase everything Hawke's Bay."

Tomorrow the Electrolux Masterclass Series begins at 9.30am with Nadia Lim.

All of the classes offer people the chance to be up close and personal with some of New Zealand's finest chefs.

Ms Dundas said a lot of the classes were sold out but some still had tickets available.

"At a price of just $10 per class they are very affordable."

There are also "walk up" events throughout the weekend, which Ms Dundas said gave everyone the opportunity to get involved.

Tomorrow at 4pm at Advintage a VCP Oyster Bar will be popping up to bring people the magic of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne and freshly shucked oysters together.

Ms Dundas said there was also a "walk up" beer event at the Napier Soundshell from 11.30am.

It was a chance for beer lovers to meet five local brewers and taste and match their beers with dishes from the Design Cuisine smoking grill.

On Sunday the party does not stop with a Manse Meat Masterclass at the Masonic and another "walk up" event at Deliciosa.

Deliciosa are collaborating with Beer Appreciation Day, with Session Ales & Sliders so beer lovers can sample the latest offerings from Hawke's Bay breweries while munching on a menu of gourmet sliders backed to tunes from DJ Ben Wright.

Ms Dundas was pleased with how ticket sales have gone with 85 to 90 per cent already sold.

"There are still a handful available and I encourage everyone to get involved as it is such a wonderful occasion."

For more information on events for the rest of the week and ticket purchases visit fawc.co.nz.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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