TV chefs at wine and food festival

Masterchef New Zealand winner Brett McGregor and Queenstown hopefuls Jaimie Stodler and Becs Stanley are among the food and wine specialists who will demonstrate their skills at the Gibbston Wine and Food Festival at the Queenstown Gardens today.

The festival moves to the town after nine years in Gibbston and will continue to host 18 food stalls and 10 stalls showcasing Wakatipu producers and winemakers.

On the hour, Gibbston winemakers including Alan Brady, Christopher Keys and Sean Brennan will give festival-goers masterclasses in one marquee, while Chef Brendan Catering and the Masterchef contestants will be among the culinary specialists sharing their skills in another.

Festival co-ordinator Julie Hughes, of Arrowtown, said there would be games and activities for children.

Live music will be performed by the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra and young acts supported by RockFormation.

The festival is managed by a not-for-profit society which has given about $55,000 to Wakatipu schools, clubs and societies over the past eight years.

The recipient of proceeds this year will be the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club.