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North Canterbury Food & Wine Festival 2018

Glenmark Domain, Waipara Sunday, 11 March '18

"Welcome to the Coolest Little Wine Festival in the Country!"

FREE CSC Motorhome and Caravan Parking Available!

Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain, Waipara, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival (formerly Waipara Valley Wine and Food Festival) invites you to come together and celebrate the local land and produce flourishing on your backdoor step. 

Join us on Sunday 11 March to enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly entertainment. 

Whether you're 5 or 85, whether you fancy a drop of chardonnay or pinot noir, whether you're in it for the dancing or the picnicking… Come step out into the country with us next March to bond with the locals and celebrate the bounty of this year's harvest.


  • Early bird tickets are available till the 31st of January
  • Under 18 attend FREE
  • $25 Early Bird Adult



North Canterbury food is always in abundance at the festival.

Stalls from local producers, chefs and restaurants are featured every year to offer delicious, fresh and seasonal food that go wonderfully with the selection of wines.


North Canterbury is just 40 minutes north of Christchurch and is fast establishing itself as one of the premium wine producing regions of New Zealand, particularly in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.  According to Bob Campbell, the region is ”one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry”. The region has 2 main sub-regions, Waipara Valley & Waikari. There are also a few vineyards 20 minutes north of the Waipara Valley close to Cheviot.


For the last two years, Lincoln University have brought the a conversation to the festival, hosting discussions by duos made up of some of the best wine producers of the region, matched with chefs and food producers.

Hosting Talk Tent is a movement initiated by chefs and people in the food industry with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of edible resources available in New Zealand. 


Pockets of music feature in every nook of Glenmark Domain's picturesque setting. The 2018 festival line up includes a Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Chris William, Bryony, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters and more.

We also like to chuck in a couple of more bangers on the other end of the park with the laid back 'Beats and Tunes' area featuring Simon Kong and other featured DJs spinning Sunday tunes all day long. Oh yeah!


CSC Motorhome/Caravan Parking (FREE)

When can I come?

All vehicles must be Certified Self-Contained and can come in from 4pm Friday the 9th and leave anytime in the morning Monday the 12th - no booking required. 

Where do I go?

Entry will be off Church Road into the Glenmark Domain. If travelling from the South on Glenmark Drive turn right at the Glenmark Drive/ Church Road intersection. After 500m turn left into Glenmark Domain just before the railway crossing. The gate, and the parking area will be well sign-posted for Motorhomes and Caravans. If coming in from the SH1 end of Church Road, the entry will be on the right just after the railway crossing.

How much does it cost?

There is no daily charge for parking (FREE), but you must be a festival ticket holder. To take advantage of group prices you can get your tickets through the parking organisers, contact either Jim on 0275-341-261 / jim@vitalitynz.nz or Allan at rotorserv@gmail.com

Early bird ticket prices end on or before the 31st of January.

What else do I need to know?

Jim has arranged a wine maker to come along on the Saturday 10th evening around 5pm for a wine tasting and to talk about the wine industry in the North Canterbury region. No pets please.


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