Gibbston Valley winemakers Matt Swirtyz (left) and Chris
Keys (right) sample wines with Hilton Queenstown's director
of operations Mario Rupflin at the wine-matching lunch at
the hotel's Wakatipu Grill restaurant on Sunday. Photo by
Still Vision Photography.
Sunday's Queenstown Winter Festival action had a
gastronomic theme that ranged from children digging for ice
cream to grown-ups appreciating the subtleties of wine and food
Despite a distinct lack of the stuff on ski areas, a small
mountain of snow formed at the Remarkables Park town centre
after truckloads of it were brought down by NZSki staff for
the ice cream dig.
While children scrambled to dig for hidden treats, a more
civilised event took place nearby at the Hilton Queenstown's
Wakatipu Grill restaurant, with a wine-matching lunch for
those wishing to get the most out of the district's wines and
food made from fresh produce.
Later in the day, the 10-day festival closed with a
celebration of the diverse cuisines of the many cultures
represented by Queenstown's residents.
The community carnival included 16 stalls run by charities,
schools, restaurants and cultural groups.