Mainlanders get a faster than usual dose of the South Island’s biggest culinary exhibition this year because The Food Show Christchurch has moved forward from September to new, earlier dates: 4 to 6 April at the CBS Canterbury Arena.
And what a show it promises to be! Visitors are in danger of being truly spoiled by the generous line-up of exhibitors that are often as remarkable as they are delicious.
For instance, the wonderful people from All Good will be offering not only their excellent Fairtrade bananas but also their Karma Cola, which they market under the slogan ‘What goes around comes around’. Why? Because a percentage of the money from each bottle sold goes back the village in Sierra Leone where the cola nuts are grown to help build essential services like fresh water wells. (And Karma Cola contains no artificial colouring, preservatives, or other nasties, unlike some other colas we could mention.)
Continuing the healthy theme, the show will also feature the ‘Good Magazine Healthy Living Zone’, a special area crammed with health-giving products, including Green Tea X50 detox and weight loss tea, Manuka products from Manuka Health, All Good Bananas, and more.
Across the board there’ll be big names like Nespresso and Vogels cereals (new to the show), as well as less well known companies like Green Meadows Beef, which couriers cuts of export-quality Angus Beef to households nationwide. Look out for Meadow Mushrooms (New Zealand’s leading producer of mushrooms), Proper Hand-Cooked Crisps, and Tuatara beers.
And The Food Show Christchurch boasts the country’s biggest selection of South Island food, drink, and kitchen equipment suppliers, including Southern Kitchen and Christchurch locals Chorizos Garcia and Holy Smoke Smokehouse.
Meanwhile the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre will be offering world-class cooking demos from the likes of Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Annabelle White, Julie Le Clerc, Nadia Lim, and crowd favourite Peta Mathias, making a welcome return to Christchurch.
And just for buying a ticket online, visitors will go in a draw to win a 12-day Intrepid Travel ‘Real Food Adventure’ trip for two to Vietnam. The winners will be immersed in one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet, with a focus on street fare, local specialties, and home cooking. Travelling on a small group adventure with a local guide will truly provide a foodie experience of a lifetime savouring the highlights of Vietnamese culture and cuisine from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.
“We’re also very pleased to announce that Heritage Hotels has joined The Food Show this year as the official accommodation sponsor for all three shows; Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.” say Dona White. “With Heritage’s nationwide coverage along with being leaders in sustainable and nutritious cuisine, we see these hotels as the ideal accommodation partner.”
Opportunities for visitors to pamper themselves abound, including great deals from The Food Show’s official accommodation sponsor, Heritage Hotels. Starting at $265 per night, the Food Show Christchurch Package includes a bottle of Kim Crawford Reserve Wine, a taster pack of 12 types of fudge from The Decadent Fudge Co, a copy of Good Magazine, and a 20% discount on the continental breakfast (conditions apply).
Tickets are on sale online now so get organised and book at www.foodshow.co.nz now.