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Foodie Superheroes join Winter Festival Line-up

Foodie Superheroes Jaimie and Bec join Winter Festival Line-up

A cooking masterclass with Queenstown’s foodie superheroes Jamie and Bec will be among the line up of Winter Festival events available in the American Express Pre-sale, starting today at midday.

Holding their place in the top three in TVOne’s MasterChef New Zealand series, Jaimie and Bec will be sharing their top food tips with a winter-themed masterclass called ‘Jaimie and Bec’s Winter Kitchen’, taking place on Wednesday June 25th at Queenstown Memorial Centre as part of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

Jaimie Stodler, one half of the talented duo and owner of Queenstown’s top cupcake studio Cup&Cake, says she’s excited to be able to share her story.

“We have had an incredible experience with MasterChef New Zealand, and have learnt so much. We’re delighted to be able to share our stories with the Queenstown community. We hope to be able to inspire home chefs to make the most of their kitchens in winter!” says Jaimie.
Jaimie’s kitchen co-pilot Bec Stanley adds that they’ll focus on sharing their favourite winter recipes.

“Some of my favourite dishes are perfect for winter. It‘s such a good time to bring friends together to enjoy hearty, warming winter dishes,” says Bec.

‘Jaimie and Bec’s Winter Kitchen’ is part of the 10-day American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, taking place from 20 to 29 June. For the full programme, including more than 50 free events, visit www.winterfestival.co.nz .

American Express Card Holders can purchase tickets to the following events within the festival programme from midday today until May 4thfrom www.winterfestival.co.nz. Tickets for the general public will go sale from May 5th:

SKYCITY Narnia Ball
Saturday 21 June
Queenstown Memorial Centre
Doors open 7pm
$159, R18

Watch out for the White Witch as you are transported to the frozen expanses of Narnia, the land of eternal winter. Sensational entertainment from the dazzling Jackie Clarke and dashing Frankie Stevens will melt your inner Ice Queen as you relive this magical childhood tale.

Tickets to this glamorous winter soiree include a delicious three course meal and will be served with wines from Central Otago’s Gibbston Valley Wines.

American Express Comedy Debate: Forty is the New Thirty
Sunday 22 June
Queenstown Events Centre
Doors open 7pm, Start at 8pm
$69 Grandstand, $89 table seating, $700 per table of eight, R18.

If 30 is the new 20, then you don’t need to be a mathematician to come to the conclusion that 40, surely, is the new 30. It sounds good in theory. But we’re joined by some of New Zealand’s sharpest comedians and wittiest commentators as they battle it out to seek the truth about reaching that Four Zero milestone.

The razor-sharp Paul Ego, Michele A'Court and Mayor Tim Shadbolt may have plastic surgery and increasing life-expectancy to boost their arguments, but the likes of Oliver Driver, Jesse Mulligan and Jacinda Ardern won’t go down without a fight!Keeping the crew in line and on topic, moderator Jeremy Corbett will crown the winners and decide – once and for all – if life truly does begin at forty.

Upgrade Your Giggles
Official Wine Supplier Gibbston Valley Wines are also coming to the American Express Comedy Debate party by giving Comedy Debate goers the chance to upgrade their giggles with a Gourmet Gibbston package. The package includes a cheese platter and Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir and can be pre-purchased online with tickets.

Queenstown 2040 - Where Will the Snow Be?
Monday 23 June
Queenstown Memorial Centre
Starts 7.30pm
$20.00

Where will the Queenstown snow line be after 25 years of climate change? How will New Zealand snowfalls compare with those in Australia, USA, Europe and Japan? How do we position ourselves to capitalise on change?

A panel of experts - provocative and surprising - will present a lively discussion on the science, possible impacts, and how best we can respond to our changing future.

Brought to you by CATALYST, with support from The Rees Hotel Queenstown and Resolutionz Consulting, Queenstown 2040 is a must-see event for anyone whose livelihood or lifestyle depends on the white stuff.

Whisky Tasting Masterclass
Monday 23 June
Ballarat Trading Co
Class starts at 5.30pm
$50

Settle in to the cosy Ballarat Trading Co for this Whisky Tasting Masterclass. Take a trip around the world with a brief history of whiskey across the globe, then visit three of Scotland’s premier Whisky Distilleries with tastings of six stunning Scotch Whiskies.

Our whisky expert will take you to a magical island off the west coast of Scotland with whisky distilling at its heart to sample Jura, to the Highlands to sample a luxurious single malt by The Dalmore, and to the isle of Islay to taste the revolutionary Bruichladdich, where you can taste the peatiest Whisky in the World.

Comedy Night
Tuesday 24 June
Queenstown Memorial Hall
Doors open 7pm
$69

Nothing warms the soul like a good ol’ giggle. So if it’s cold out, this is right where you want to be.

If it’s normally the woman in the group who keeps things in line, then we’re in a spot of bother… Because with the wickedly funny Urzila Carlson playing mother hen, it’s no wonder Brendhan Lovegrove, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood and Simon McKinney forget their manners every now and again!

You might need to leave the kids at home for this one!

Jaimie and Bec’s Winter Kitchen
Wednesday 25th June
Queenstown Memorial Centre
Doors open 6.30pm
$45

Local heroes Jaimie and Bec switch from screen to stage and show you the tips and tricks behind their favourite winter recipes!

Fresh from the TV kitchen, grab your girlfriends and join Queenstown’s favourite foodies for this fun cooking demonstration, as they share their story and showcase great local products.

Goodies from the tempting range of stalls and hot prizes are up for grabs. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival and sample their tasty morsels.

Name: Wednesday Lates with Brendhan and Urzila
Wednesday 25 June
Vinyl Underground
Show starts at 10pm
$29

If you know much about these two rascals, you’ll have already decided if this event is for you or not.

Known for their naughty sense of humour and wicked wit, they’re not exactly the most politically correct.

They’re rude, raucous and rough round the edges – so come on in, but be ready to rumble!

Mountain Scene’s Thriller in the Chiller
Saturday June 28
Queenstown Events Centre
Doors open 6pm
Grandstand Tickets $69, Tables from $1500 (10 per table)

Now in its fifth year and still going strong, Mountain Scene's 2014 installment of Thriller in the Chiller promises to be a real humdinger!

This event has grown into THE corporate and social event of the year and will once again see a host of brave local men and women take to the ring - to not only prove they have what it takes, but to help us raise money for the Branches Charitable Trust.
So make sure you get your ticket and be part of the action as ball gowns, black ties and boxing all collide in one epic night of entertainment.

ENDS

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