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Thanks to the stellar music line-up of Gin Wigmore, Tami Neilson and Jed Parsons, tickets are flying out the door for the North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival at The Hunting Lodge on Saturday 9 February.

Now organisers announce a specially curated menu for the event featuring mouthwatering favourites and brand new dishes from the top chefs in the North West.

The Whenuapai Trifle from The Tasting Shed, created especially for the festival. Please contact Josie for the recipe or to book the chef to interview the chef! Download images

The Menu

From Hallertau comes the Hallertau Biergarten Burger - Hallertau's iconic pulled beef krokets reimagined in burger form with deep fried McClure's Pickles served in a beer infused bun from the Real Bread Project.

The Hunting Lodge make the most of being festival hosts, utilising their on-site pizza ovens to offer the favourite woodfired pizzas. Fries with to die for served with smoked aioli. The Hunting Lodge also takes gourmet dogs to the next level with slow cooked meats, crunchy slaws and pickles. They’re promising a surprise dessert to tempt every tastebud.

The Riverhead bring out the big guns with their offering of The Famous Riv's Ribs, Salmon Brisket Truffle Burgers, Ora King Salmon Tartare and Lemon Meringue Tarts.

Head Chef at The Tasting Shed Alok Vasant has created a mini-menu featuring innovative dishes inspired by fresh local ingredients. The Norwest Sausage made with Kaipara Lamb using Kumeu River ‘Melbas Merlot’ and herbs and spices. Taupaki Chicken Skewers with sugar mayo. Huapai Potato Sandwich with ‘not Big Mac’ sauce and pickled onion. Be afraid of flavour. And the Whenuapai Trifle. Fruit of the season with rose, geranium, pepper custard.

Dr Feelgood Ice Blocks are just what the doctor ordered to cope with the sensational, blue sky summer we’re expecting! A range of deliciously flavoured, handcrafted ice blocks made from organic New Zealand dairy.

From the wineries

All five wineries are North West locals, and have selected their top drops from their cellars to be the perfect accompaniment to the summer sounds and delicious food options on offer.

2016 Coopers Creek Kumeu Rosé
Dry rosé made from predominantly Malbec grapes grown just down the road! Fresh watermelon, strawberry and spice flavours, showing excellent vibrancy, delicacy and length.

2014 Coopers Creek Marlborough Pinot Noir
Ripe black cherry and strawberry notes laced with a richness of spice and oak overtones.

2016 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. We are particularly careful in selecting only the very best grapes from these vineyards for our Kumeu River Estate label.

2016 Kumeu Village Pinot Gris
The aromas have typical peach and stone fruit notes tinged with the floral perfume that we have come to expect from Pinot Gris. The wine is lively, complex and lingers on the palate. Pinot Gris is a variety that goes particularly well with food, including quite intensely flavoured dishes. It is also one of the few wine styles that can handle the spiciness of chilli.

2017 The Hunting Lodge Marlborough Rosé
Strawberry & White peach, honeydew & crème brulee, fragrant & lively, delicate & pure

2018 The Hunting Lodge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Passionfruit & pineapple, gooseberry & garden herbs, mouth-filling & intense, overt & spirited.

Soljans Estate Winery NV Fusion Sparkling Muscat
New Zealand’s Most Awarded Sparkling Wine is perfumed and lively with a refreshing sugar/acid balance and plenty of unabashedly sweetness.

2017 Kumeu Pinot Gris
The 2017 vintage is fresh, vibrant and exactly what you want in a Pinot Gris. A dry style of wine, having a nashi pear and granny smith apple nose. Peach and apple crumble fill the pallet with a soft, delicate, spicy finish.

2018 West Brook Waimauku Crackling Rosé
A perfumed flirtation of raspberry liquorice, mandarin exoticism and face powder blush. Lush prickly pear; a fancy of paprika; a lacy dance of saffron layered upon summer berry confiture…with a wisp of effervescent tart…such the teasing minx…our rosé… A blend of local Pinot Noir, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. New Release. 4 Stars Raymond Chan

2017 West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay Barrique Fermented
Our classically styled ‘barrique fermented’ chardonnay from the clay and alluvial soils of Marlborough. Lifted stone fruits, grilled citrus and toasty oak is balanced with layers of wheatmeal, restrained butterscotch and baking spice notes. Richly textured, with a fine freshness that draws the palate line to a succinct finish. Silver NZIWS - 4 Stars Raymond Chan

2018 West Brook Waimauku Pinot Gris
Lightly lifted and delicately poised. Our Pinot Gris of crystalline frame is laced with notes of nashi, lime, yellow kiwi and lychee. The palate has graceful vitality and textured finish. A persistent presence reveals its Waimauku clay origins.

Locally brewed craft beer

As well as offering a selection of refreshing locally brewed beers, Colab Brewing, Hallertau Brewery & Liberty Brewing Company will collaborate on a special edition beer, brewed especially for the festival and only available on the day.

Festival details

The festival will again feature a kids zone, making it a truly family friendly event. Children under 15 are FREE when pre-registered with a parent or legal guardian.

Tickets are on sale now, with return bus tickets from Auckland City, Muriwai, Helensville, Kumeu & Riverhead also available. Free parking will also be available on the day.

Set in the picturesque surrounds of the The Hunting Lodge Wine Estate – just 30 minutes northwest of Auckland city, the North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival is the perfect celebration of summer. Grab your friends and family and get in quick.



Saturday 9 February*

Hunting Lodge, 307 Waikoukou Valley Rd, Waimauku, Auckland

Gates open 12pm, live acts from 2pm to 6pm

Tickets on sale now from Eventfinda

General Admission tickets $65

Return Bus tickets $20.50

Service fees apply

*Rain date Sunday 10 February

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