The Great New Zealand Food Show is back for 2021 at the Claudelands Event Centre from on May 1 and 2 and promises a fantastic day out filled with food, fun and flavour.
The Great NZ Food Show is Hamilton's only dedicated food show. Now into its sixth year and under the new management of Core Events, 2021 will be bigger, better and more scrumptious than ever.
Event favourites returning for 2021 include the Heathcotes Cooking Theatre, Mystery Bag Cook-off, the HLIVE Seat & Eat and the popular Seafood Bazaar How To area.
New to the event this year are the Wholesome Hub and an array of Masterclasses supported by Volare Bread that are aimed at educating and inspiring foodies of all types.
Event managing director Ammie Hardie says the line-up this year is sure to appeal to foodies of all sorts: "We are really excited to have such a talented group of chefs and foodies that are passionate about creating delicious and nutritious dishes.
"The show is sure to be a fantastic day out with family and friends sampling the latest foods, wines and delicious products – it'll be a real culinary celebration!" says Hardie.
Star chefs presenting in the Heathcotes Cooking Theatre include author and host Peta Mathias, food writer Nici Wickes and local chefs Brad King from Falls Retreat, Belinda MacDonald of Flavourbomb, Mat McLean from Palette, Maurice Montero from Mr Pickets Bar & Eatery and Caryn Ha from the Chilli House.
The newly developed Wholesome Hub will feature inspiring talks from nutritionists, wellness warriors and passionate foodies, with topics including cooking with no waste, vegan dishes and gut health.
Social media sensation and keto queen Elle Herself is joined by plant-based nutritionist Buffy Ellen and local raw baker Lydia Davis of Little S&P. The masterclasses also provide opportunities for participants to roll up their sleeves and learn from the experts on Thai cooking, blending wine, cake decorating and more.
Visitors will also get the opportunity to peruse an amazing array of food and beverage exhibitors selling local delicacies to suit the finest of foodies.
"Covid may have stopped the show in 2020, but we're back bigger and tastier than ever," says Hardie. "The team can't wait to showcase everything amazing about the Waikato region, alongside a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and presenters."
• Tickets to The Great New Zealand Food Show are available online at www.greatnznfoodshow.co.nz. Adult tickets $17, children (5 - 15 years) $10 and under 5s are free.