The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival 2014

Well what a party! After a week of indifferent weather and a drizzly start to the day, the sun shone on the Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival 2014. In well above average temperatures, a large crowd enjoyed the best of Northland’s boutique wines, artisan cuisine and music and while most were content to relax in the shade or paddle in the fountain, many still found the energy to dance.

Planning has already begun for next year’s festival to be held on Saturday 28 February 2015 – don’t miss it! Tickets will go on sale in November. Read on for further details about the fun and frivolity of this year’s festival.

The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the fabulous food, wine and music of the north. Relax in the shade of a gazebo, enjoy bountiful seafood, fabulous fresh local produce, boutique wines and gourmet cuisine from over 30 stalls, seasoned with the sounds of a continuous line-up of talented local musicians.

Be entertained by culinary and quirky competitions including the now strongly-contested lemon-sucking and oyster-eating competitions. Also by just being there, you will have a chance to win one of a number of generous spot prizes.  Later in the afternoon there will be a draw for the grand prize – a trip for two to Noumea including four nights’ accommodation and complimentary return airport transfers generously sponsored by Aircalin, New Caledonia, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Noumea, the New Caledonian Tourist Office and Trixie’s United Travel in Kerikeri (entry forms at the gate). The event is family-friendly with a well organised and supervised children’s entertainment area. As the saying goes, “there’s something for everyone…”

Here are some comments from past happy festival goers:

Must be one of the best festivals I have attended! A fantastic day and what a crowd of people. There were people from all over Northland, NZ and the world and what a great event for Kerikeri and Northland this is. We will be back next year for sure.”

“On walking round the site through the day I was impressed by the layout which reflected a good eye for detail. The stage and sound) gear was impressive – I was able to listen to great music well produced as well as hold a conversation at the same time. A gazebo over every table was a must on the day. The festival gets better each year.”

The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival is held on the Kerikeri Domain on Cobham Road in the heart of ‘boutiquely uniquely’ Kerikeri. With its sub-tropical laid-back ambience, Kerikeri provides an idyllic lifestyle boasting over 20 cafés, a variety of top notch restaurants (including several ethnic choices) award-winning wineries, designer fashion boutiques, art galleries, art & craft trails and walking tracks, historic buildings and bespoke accommodation.

Bring your family or friends (or both) and make a weekend of it or stay even longer – we look forward to welcoming you to Kerikeri and to the Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival in 2014!

Note: The event will go ahead rain or shine – the alternative wet weather venue is the Turner Centre, Cobham Road, Kerikeri.

The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival is a Kerikeri District Business Association initiative.

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