Whether you’re a Food Show veteran or virgin, you need to know what you’re getting into when you attend The Food Show Christchurch from 4 to 6 April at the CBS Canterbury Arena. So here’s the top 10 reasons why you should go:
1. Whirlpool Cooking Theatre – celebrity chefs doing it ‘live’
Watch your favourite celebrity chefs cooking up a storm, including Ray McVinnie, Peta Mathias, Julie Le Clerc, and Simon Gault, in the Cooking Theatre sponsored by Whirlpool, one of the world’s largest home appliance manufacturers. The mouth-watering dishes whipped up in the Cooking Theatre will be made using delicious ingredients from Raeward Fresh and other exhibitors, and matched with awarding-winning Waipara Hills wines. And look out for discount vouchers, goodie bags, and other prizes from Raeward Fresh as well.
2. The Kenwood Kitchen – demos and game shows
See top local chefs demonstrate fab recipes and Kenwood equipment, including Jonny Schwass of Harlequin Public House, Andrew Brown of The George Hotel, and Jo Mullen of Sugar Baby Bakery. And check out the ‘New Generation Game’, an update on the classic Bruce Forsyth game show. It’s hosted by chef Annabelle White and features celebs such as Jason Gunn, Gary McCormick, chef Jax Hamilton, and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt battling to win fantastic prizes from Kenwood.
3. Good magazine Healthy Living zone – goodies with goodness
Arguably the very best foods and drinks are not only delicious but also promote health, vitality, and wellbeing – and that’s what this special feature area is all about. Check out Green Tea X50 detox and weight loss tea, Manuka products from The Manuka Shop, Bananas from All Good, and titanium coated cookware from Woll Cookware.
4. Artisan products – not your average supermarket fare
The Food Show Christchurch offers a wealth of artisan, handmade, and specialty products that you may not find elsewhere. Look out for the J. Friend & Co range of artisan honeys, including suggestions on cheese, honey, and tea pairings, plus their latest lavender honey. Sample and buy handmade breakfast cereals, slabs, cookies, and snack bars from Pure Delish. Don’t miss Holy Smoke Smokehouse, the local deli stocking quality smoked products from hot and cold smoked salmon to bacon, salt, cheddar cheese and more. And experience the specialty range of New
Zealand-made mustards and condiments from Mustardmakers.
5. Genesis Energy – Official Energy Supplier for The Food Show Christchurch
When the hard work of shopping for delicious foods and drinks wears you down, it’s time to visit the Genesis stand for a re-energising boost, plus special offers and prizes.
6. New products – never before seen in the Christchurch show
For the first time at the Christchurch show here’s your chance to taste multi-award-winning handmade Dutch cheeses from Meyer Gouda Cheese, Truffle Oil from Village Press, Vogels breakfast cereals, Little Harvest low-alcohol wines, and spectacular cognacs from Cognac Croizet.
7. South Island-based exhibitors – mighty Mainland businesses
Discover superb products from southern companies at the show, including Green Meadows export-quality, 100% grass-fed Angus Beef, delicious wares from the Selwyn Food and Wine Trail, wines from Swallows Crossing Vineyard, and more.
8. Kitchen gadgets – make your culinary life easier
The Food Show Christchurch is Ground Zero for the latest and greatest kitchen implements, like the amazing Butter Cup that keeps your butter fresh and spreadable without refrigeration, the Grate Plate that lets you grate garlic, ginger, chocolate, nutmeg, or hard cheese without grating your fingers, the Kleva knife sharpener with its handy suction cup base, and the Miracle Whisk that helps you effortlessly whisk like a pro chef.
9. Heritage Hotel – perfect pamper packages
Add extra treats to your Food Show experience courtesy of special offers from Official Accommodation Sponsor Heritage Hotel. Packages start from $265 per night and include a bottle of Kim Crawford Reserve Wine, a taster pack of 12 types of fudge from Decadent Fudge Co, a copy of Good Magazine, and a 20% discount on the continental breakfast. Family options available from $375 per night for a two-bedroom suite.
10. Intrepid Travel prize – Vietnam gourmet food tour
Buy your ticket online and go in a draw to win a 12-day Intrepid Travel ‘Real Food Adventure’ trip for two to Vietnam travelling with a local guide and sampling street fare, local specialties, and home cooking from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.