Festival draws hungry crowd

Crowds take in the sights at the festival. Photos: Adam Burns
Crowds take in the sights at the festival. Photos: Adam Burns
Eighteenth year; 18 Central Otago vineyards represented.

A variety of local wines and a "special historic setting" drew another healthy Easter Sunday crowd to Clyde's annual Wine and Food Festival yesterday.

Nearly 3000 people converged on Clyde's historic precinct for the event, which has been running for nearly two decades.

Festival convener Louise Joyce, who has run the festival for 14 years, said yesterday's cold and overcast conditions were a change from previous years.

"We've been blessed every year that I've been running it."

Dean Perkins, of Gore, prepares some Spanish chicken and sweetcorn paella at yesterday's Clyde...
Dean Perkins, of Gore, prepares some Spanish chicken and sweetcorn paella at yesterday's Clyde Wine and Food Festival.
Award-winning vineyards from the Clyde-Earnscleugh-Alexandra basin were set up at the event, alongside various food and beer stalls. Tastings of a ruby port made from Central Otago grapes were also available.

"As far as New Zealand goes, I don't think there is any other festival held in a street with all the schist stone buildings which date back to the 1860s gold rush," Mrs Joyce said.

"It's special from that point of view."

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