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Great NZ Food Show 2017

Come and experience The Show with Real Bite!
New Zealanders love food and Hamilton is certainly no different. Back in 2014, Hamilton was provided the opportunity to experience a variety of taste sensations, while at the same time having the chance to see, discuss and take part in one of the best food events available in the country.

And so The Great NZ Food Show was born

The Hamilton event offers of a little bit of everything for everyone with celebrity chefs, tastings, the latest gadgets, while also adding to it’s features, artisan, gluten free and organic products. You can surround yourself by all things food and have a great day out at the same time
The Great NZ Food Show is more than just tastings, we have food by the plate and wine by the glass

This year, The Great NZ Food Show has a change of venue and will be held at Claudelands Events Centre, but there will be no doubt that once again, the show will transforms the impressive pavilion into a foodies delight, providing specialty areas, a Cooking Theatre which plays host to their celebrity chefs, and specialised cooking classes where you can learn firsthand from the best!



Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton
When: 13th -14th May 2017
Times: 9am – 5pm daily

Great NZ FoodShow Website  Great NZ FoodShow Facebook






The Heathcote Appliances Cooking Theatre



At the heart of the event is the Heathcote Appliances Cooking Theatre with cooking demonstrations by well-known local and national chefs and personalities. Included as part of the entry ticket price, visitors can enjoy FREE cooking demonstrations by some of New Zealand’s top chefs and cooks. This is your chance to gain insider tips and techniques, and learn some amazing recipes to take home to your own kitchen.



The Wintec Cooking Classes in association with Heathcote Appliances




Is there a dish or cooking technique that you haven’t quite conquered? Need some expert advice and tips? Our specialised Wintec Cooking Classes offer you a more intimate environment and a chance to get your hands dirty. Pay a little extra and learn a new technique or inspirational dish from the experts while located at your own station with all the equipment required to achieve it.You will be guided step by step through the cooking class of your choice from one of our talented chefs.
Check out the programs for 2017  HERE


A while back, I was ‘convinced’ to try crickets thanks to a dare by my son, and the awesome team from Crawlers (check out their Facebook page HERE ). Attending events like The Great NZ Food Show, gives you the opportunity to step outside of the normal and try something different.  I’m kind of astonished to say that yes….I have eaten a cricket lol. Not the cricket flour (although I did try it) but an actual cricket. Seriously guys, give it a go, if nothing else, you get to try something you have never tried before and that’s exactly what these events should be about.

Green Meadows Beef

Green Meadows Beef is a New Zealand, family-owned producer of 100% grass-fed Angus Beef and they are one of my favourite companies.
Passionate about providing Kiwi’s with premium, 100% grass-fed beef that is natural, healthy and it tastes bloody good too.
Available in a range of pack sizes, they also sell quarter, half and whole beasts, you can purchase direct from the company HERE
All  prices also include delivery to your door, New Zealand-wide.

Green Meadows Beef Facebook

New Zealand Natural Meat Products Ltd – LASCo

Another of my most favourite companies is the amazing LASCo. You haven’t tasted a great salami unless you’ve tried theirs and if you like a bit of a kick, then I suggest trying their Kaitaia Fire. If you REALLY like playing with fire then ask them about their Dragon’s Breath, it’s hubbys favourite.
I’d like to say I have a favourite flavour but they really are all amazing and the difference with these guys is that they’re also healthy, nutritious and affordable. The only negative is that once you’ve tried their products, no other salami will measure up.
I can’t wait to catch up with the team again, it’s been far too long (see you soon with my order)


LASCo Facebook

Viligrad Winery



I just want to say for the record that I love Viligrads !!
They are an amazing family company that also just happens to create equally amazing wines that are going to set your tastebuds working overtime.
Established in 1922 by Ivan Milicich Snr, Vilagrad Winery is now in its fifth generation as a family owned and operated winery, and I’ve been privileged over time to share more than one glass of Vilagrads wine with them (and some bloody amazing Swordfish – Thanks Jacob haha). Seriously, if you want to try some great wine, check these guys out.

Viligrad Winery Facebook


One comment

  1. I have questioned why this event is held at Mystery Creek instead of Claudelands but after seeing the ample free parking and that the main building was mostly full of stands I now understand. The layout through the doors isn’t perfect, there is a long corridor of stands before branching out into a bigger area. The corridor gets blocked by people and it can be hard to see what those exhibitors have available. Otherwise everything seems to run fairly smoothly.

    There are a good range of exhibitors, most of whom obviously know their products very well and there are a surprising amount who cater for allergies. Not only was it easy to get information for gluten and milk allergies but even my garlic allergy didn’t prevent me from trying many of the samples on offer. The half dozen lunch stands were more difficult though as they tended to offer higher class foods, taking time to prepare for each order and so asking about allergies was difficult. If you are happy to eat from the exhibitors instead then this isn’t such an issue but I imagine feeding young children could prove difficult as the staple ‘hot chips’ wasn’t available.

    I’m a big fan of Chai Life, Salash Delicatessen and The Organic Butchery for fielding my questions and having some very tasty products! The show is worth going to (particularly with an appetite) and there are some good discounts on foods not always available in local stores.

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