FEAST WANAKA – FOOD & WINE: POP UP RESTAURANT & CELLAR DOOR
Introducing Feast Wanaka – Central Otago’s new food and wine celebration – which kicks off with two events in January.
The first is a pop up restaurant. Following a sell-out summer season in the South of France, chef Nick Honeyman is bringing his restaurant Le Petit Leon to Wanaka for four nights only. The second is a pop up Cellar Door wine tasting with 17 Central Otago wineries and two craft brewers.
Feast Wanaka organiser Nicola McConnell says while Wanaka is increasingly recognised for its scenery and outdoor lifestyle it remains a productive farming and horticultural region, and this is what Feast Wanaka celebrates. “We want to focus on the bounty of produce grown and drinks produced in Wanaka and the wider Central Otago region.”
She says organisers are starting small with two events this year. They hope to expand celebrations in further years to include food and drink master classes, culinary walking tours and hands on workshops.
Auckland chef Nick Honeyman is the key attraction at the inaugural Feast Wanaka. Nick is a co-owner of Le Petit Leon in France’s Dordogne, which opens for only nine weeks every summer. South African born Nick has plied his trade in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and France. He’s worked in renowned three Michelin star institutions Arpège and Astrance in Paris, at Becasse in Sydney and Auckland’s French Café, before becoming Executive chef at The Commons and Everybody’s Izakaya – both in the city of sails. Nick was last month named Ora King Salmon NZ Ambassador of 2015 and he’s opening a new restaurant in Auckland early in 2016.
Nick says he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be based in the heart of Central Otago and make the most of the region’s bountiful summer produce. “Nothing beats cooking with fresh, seasonal produce. Wanaka provides so many opportunities in summer – from fish and meats through to summer berries, cherries and stonefruit, honey and even lavender. I can’t wait to incorporate these into a tasting menu for friends to enjoy over long Central Otago evenings.”
Nick will create a four course dinner at The Venue from 7pm on Sunday 10, Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Seventeen of the region’s wineries will be offering tastings at the inaugural Feast Wanaka Central Otago Cellar Door. As well as creating a one-stop tasting experience for guests they will have the opportunity to try drops from many wineries that are not usually open to the public.
Wineries are; Valli, Domaine-Thomson, Toi Toi, Hawkshead, Kalex, Remarkable Wines, Aurum Wines, Archangel, Judge Rock, Perseverance Estate, Maude, Akarua, Nanny Goat, Immigrants Vineyard and Quest Farm. They will be joined by Wanaka craft brewers Beffect and Wanaka Beerworks.
Guests will receive a Riedel Ouverture wine glass valued at $25 on entry that they will use throughout the tasting and take home. Wineries will offer 15 ml tastings of a range of wines across their portfolio including the well-known Central Otago Pinot Noir and other varieties which are grown across the region including; Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Dinner at Le Petit Leon Wanaka is $120 for four courses. Alternatively guests can purchase dinner with matched Central Otago wines for $150 per person.
Tickets for the Wine Tasting are $40 per person and include Riedel Ouverture wine glass valued at $25 to take home.
All bookings are via the website www.feastwanaka.co.nz