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.