Gibbston Wine and Food Festival organiser Julie Hughes and
Rockburn winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis take in Saturday's
festival in the Queenstown Gardens. Photo by Christina
There wasn't much room for walking in the Queenstown
Gardens on Saturday, but there was a lot of room for enjoying
some of the region's finest food and drink.
The Gibbston Wine and Food Festival was relocated to the
gardens this year after nine years in Gibbston, and organiser
Julie Hughes, of Arrowtown, estimated 1800 people passed
through the gates.
The number was ''definitely more than in previous years''.
''It [the crowd number] makes it sustainable,'' Mrs Hughes
said, and it is likely the festival will be held in the
gardens again next year.
This year's event had nearly 30 food and wine stalls and Mrs
Hughes said the festival committee had learnt that more space
would be needed between the stalls next year.
''That was something that we couldn't have foreseen because
we couldn't anticipate how many people there would be.
''Otherwise, I think that the committee is really, really
happy with how it went.''
Drawcards to the event were food master classes presented by
New Zealand's first MasterChef winner Brett McGregor and
current Queenstown hopefuls Jaimie Stodler and Becs Stanley,
a children's activity zone and tasting tokens with a
commemorative wine glass.
The food and wine master classes were popular, Mrs Hughes
said, and ''that's the sort of thing that we want, for people
to learn something new''.