Festival Events

Experience more than just a meal. The 2017 Festival Events will be announced Tuesday 6 June. Until then browse what was on offer below with the 2016 programme.

  • Logo: #BakingitBetter Mystery Box Challenge
    A secret Mojo Central Wellington location

    #BakingitBetter Mystery Box Challenge

    Judging Event 4.30pm–6.30pm, Sunday 21 August

    So, you think you’re Wellington’s best baker? Now you have the chance to prove it, with the #BakingItBetter Mystery Box Challenge!

  • On 4 times, from Wednesday 24 August to Saturday 27 August

    Wellington-based artists Jhana Millers and Lisa Martin, along with 30upstairs Gallery, take you to an edible artistic world through a theatrical, unconventional and intimate banquet.

  • On 2 times, from Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August

    A century after settlers made Wellington their home, celebrate the 1920’s and how fine dining has evolved. Artisan Dining House embraces the jazz age with live music, glamorous fashion and a contemporary twist on the cuisine of the decade. Guests will be welcomed with a cocktail followed by a five-course dinner with wine matches. Party […]

  • Southward Car Museum

    A Night in the Museum

    6.30pm–12midnight, Saturday 20 August

    Your chance to dine amongst some of the world’s rarest and most valuable automobiles. Enjoy an eight-course meal from local food specialists Party Perfect with each course paying homage to an automobile’s or motorcycle’s country of origin. During the breaks between courses, tour the museum’s 400+ exhibits while sampling a local beverage, or sit back […]

  • Logo: A Night with Willy Wonka
    The Wellington Chocolate Factory

    A Night with Willy Wonka

    On 4 times, from Tuesday 16 August to Wednesday 24 August

    Ever wanted to be Willy Wonka for a night? Now’s your chance! Learn the art of bean­ to-bar chocolate-making by getting hands on and making two delectable bars, and then taking your delicious creations home. Includes a tour of the factory, a chocolate bar making class, the two bars you make to take with you, […]

  • Longbush Farm, Gladstone, followed by La Pancetta in Wakelin House, 123 Main Street Greytown

    A Pig Of A Day

    On 2 times, from Saturday 13 August to Sunday 14 August

    An amazing opportunity to meet the producers of Longbush Pork on their farm and learn how to cure pork belly for pancetta from Rachel Priestley of The Prodigal Daughter. Relax into a three- course lunch at Greytown’s La Pancetta restaurant where, with a glass of bubbles in hand, you can taste a fine selection of […]

  • The White Swan Country Hotel

    A Taste Of Greytown Country Village

    7pm, Saturday 20 August

    Experience the best of Greytown country village delights all under one roof through a collaboration between Dale Keith of The White Swan, Rachel Priestley of Prodigal Daughter and La Pancetta, and Travis Clive-Griffin of Saluté. Enjoy a veritable four-course banquet prepared with locally-made products including Longbush Pork, Rannoch Meats, Kingsmeade Cheese, The Drunken Nanny and […]

  • On 4 times, from Saturday 13 August to Sunday 21 August

    How did people cook without electricity? And where did food come from when there were no supermarkets? In this exciting and hands-on programme brought to you by the Garden to Table Trust, children will take a trip back in time and experience cooking as it used to be. At the beautiful Nairn Street Cottage, children […]

  • Logo: All Taste, No Waste
    6pm–11pm, Wednesday 24 August

    Last year’s smash hit is back again. Wellington food rescue charity, Kaibosh, has teamed up with Depot’s executive chef, Kyle Street. Voted Metro Restaurant of the Year 2015, Depot’s philosophy is to use the whole beast – whether that’s beef or broccoli. Kyle will serve up a family- style feast using unloved, often wasted products, […]

  • Logo: Ant North and Future Chefs
    Pop Up School Hall Bistro

    Ant North and Future Chefs

    6.30pm–8.30pm, Friday 19 August

    Renowned Wairarapa chef Ant North, ex head chef of Wharekauhau Lodge and Wakelin House, once again mentors a team of Featherston School Year 7 and 8 students to produce an innovative three course meal at Featherston School’s Pop Up Bistro. Showcasing what the Wairarapa is all about, Ant North has created a locally-sourced menu to […]