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F.A.W.C! Summer Series is back for 2013

22nd August 2013

F.A.W.C! Summer Series is back for 2013

Last night Hawke’s Bay Tourism unveiled the event schedule for F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic, Summer Series 2013. F.A.W.C! Summer Series will run November 1st-10th with over sixty events on offer during the ten days at various locations in Hawke’s Bay.

Over forty “FAWCers” gathered at Sileni Estate Winery to present their F.A.W.C! events and toast the release of the official programme-The Book of F.A.W.C!

Led by Hawke’s Bay Tourism, F.A.W.C! is a series of “out of the box” food and wine experiences, that cannot be done at any other time, set within stunning locations throughout Hawke’s Bay. Featuring a host of local winemakers, chefs and culinary talent, it is a showcase of the absolute best of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand’s food and wine scene.

F.A.W.C! starts Friday Nov 1st with a spectacular launch party over the vines at Craggy Range Winery and finishes with the “Carnivore Carnival” at Hawke’s Bay Racing on Sunday 10th.

Visiting culinary talent appearing alongside Hawke’s Bay’s finest includes: TV Chefs and Cookbook Authors Annabel Langbein and Nici Wickes, Martin Bosley, Rex Morgan, Ben Bayly, Gareth Stewart, Michel Louws from Huka Lodge and Simon Wright from The French Café (five times winner of Cuisine Magazine Restaurant of the Year inc 2013 plus many other accolades)

The return of Ray McVinnie as F.A.W.C! ambassador was also confirmed. Ray McVinnie said “I have enjoyed my ambassadorial visits to Hawke’s Bay so much, it is unthinkable my not being part of this world class event”

Annie Dundas, General Manager, Hawke’s Bay Tourism says “The organization was delighted with the enthusiasm and support they had received for F.A.W.C! As well as enthusiastic and creative event mangers, we are also delighted to have a number of premium local businesses on board as F.A.W.C! sponsors.”

Local sponsors include EuroCity, NZ Sothebys International Realty, Hawke’s Bay Today and Hastings District Council. National partners include Electrolux, Air New Zealand and The Breeze Radio Station.

There will be 4000 tickets available within the 2013 F.A.W.C! Summer Series event schedule. Last year it was estimated that F.A.W.C! visitors (approx 35% of all ticket buyers) contributed over $500 000 to the Hawke’s Bay economy via ticket sales, accommodation nights and activity spend. Annie Dundas says “Growing Hawke’s Bay visitor numbers in the shoulder season is a key objective for Hawke’s Bay Tourism and early indicators show F.A.W.C! is a successful vehicle to deliver that”

F.A.W.C! tickets are available for pre-sale from Friday 23rd August, and general sale from Monday 26th. For access to the pre-sale, people should sign up to the F.A.W.C! database at

Visiting Talent Detail:
Martin Bosley,Masrtin Bosley’s Restaurant, Wellington
Rex Morgan, Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington
Ben Bayly, The Grove Restaurant, Auckland
Gareth Stewart, Soul Bar and Bistro, Auckland
Michel Louws, Huka Lodge
James Stapley, Whare Kea Lodge
Jimmy McIntyre, Otahuna Lodge
Dale Gartland, Relaix and Chateau Hotel Group
Richard Emerson, Emersons Brewery
Frankie Walker, Cocktail Presenter on “The Mix”
Brett McGregor Masterchef 2010
Champagne House Billecart Salmon

Local Talent Detail:
Black Barn Vineyards, Craggy Range Winery, Elephant Hill Winery, Te Awa, Trinity Hill, Triangle Cellars
Alpha Domus, Advintage Wines, Sacred Hill, Vidal Winery, Clearview Estate, Rod McDonald Wines
Mister D, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Emporium Eatery and Bar, Church Road Winery
James Beck @ Taste Cornucopia, Kent Baddeley @ Ten Twenty Four, Francky Godinho @ St. Georges Restaurant, Michael Hannah @ Mangapapa Restaurant, Milk and Honey, The Farmhouse Kitchen


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