Get Ready For The Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Yup, it’s that time of year again, when Aucklanders from the other side of the Harbour Bridge brave the unknown quantity that is the North Shore and arrive in our little town in droves for the fabulous funfest that is the Devonport Food, Wine and Music Festival.

This year promises to be a bit of a beauty, with the quality of musicians and comedians looking very impressive, and the food and wine lineup better than ever.

Top of the list on the music front is the gorgeous Anika Moa, whose recently-released fourth album ‘Love In Motion’ was predominantly inspired by her wife, Azaria Universe, who is expecting the couple’s twin babies in August (thus proving the moa is far from extinct…). Moa is much-loved in New Zealand for her down-to-earth style and painfully honest lyrics, as well as her stunning voice. She appears at 3.30 on Saturday. Other acts appearing include Joe Cocker tribute band Hitchcock Railway, Union featuring vocalist Leza Lee and covering a mix of Motown, soul, jazz and ‘80s covers, and The Mermaids featuring the lovely Jo Cotton, who cover great pop and dance songs from the ‘60s to the present. More music will come from Love Jones, Hawks and Doves, Tamara Rickett, Banda Latina, The Nukes, The Flaming Mudcats, the Nairobi Trio, the Southern Blue Collar Band, The Swingcats, Tami Neilson and Riverhead Slide. Also watch out for the Devonport Depot Sessions.

Classic Kiwi comedy is also provided by Raybon Kan and Michele A ‘Court, both very well-known throughout NZ and the recipients of some of our most prestigious comedy awards (and in Kan’s case, the Top Ten Worst Dressed Awards).

The huge range of wines showcased at the Festival should satisfy the tastes of even the most pernickety oenophile, while the Glengarry Wine Academy will be on site running short courses for beginners as well as experienced aficionados to expand their knowledge and develop their interest. At least 20 wineries will feature including returners Rockburn, Westbrook and Yealands, while newcomers will include Maori Point and Two Rivers). For non-wine drinkers, Monteiths will be offering classic beers, and for the teetotallers and designated drivers, Tao Ti Green Tea’s apple, peach or pineapple green teas are perfect for a hot summer’s day.

On the food front, the Fisher and Paykel Kitchen will feature cookery demonstrations from some of the country’s top chefs who will be sharing their experience and top tips. Food from all over the world including Vietnam and Germany will be available as well as great tasting NZ whitebait, mussels and prawns

All in all, Devonport looks set for an amazing weekend. Have fun, drink responsibly, and if you are heading in the other direction to avoid the crowds, check the Speculator’s Lake Road webcam first to plan your getaway!

1 comment

  1. GB says:

    Your forgetting alot of us locals don’t get into it at all, and those white tents that took over the two parks yesterday, awful sight it is!..Ed it has only become a drunken and abusing weekend, they spill onto the wharf and streets afterwards, hammered to the max, leave glass, as in bottles, everywhere in the side streets as well..locals and visitors alike abuse the New World supermarket staff, I have been in the supermarket numerous times where the lovely staff had to put up with drunk Males and Females!..does the money go to a really good cause in Devonport?? No it doesnt!..I still see people and families in Devonport struggling everyday in the village..or the money to revamp the whole Devo wharf, wow wouldn’t that be wicked as also!

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