This years event was another perfectly orchestrated, locally gathered feast.
Welcomed in true North Canterbury fashion by a blustery Nor Wester, a group of wine and food media, trade and chefs descended upon the region to spend the day fossicking about the countryside looking for food. Split into eight groups, they covered the hills and fields, down to the rivers, estuaries and out to sea.
The Bellbird Spring contingent got lucky with our rather glam itinerary which involved visiting Limestone Hills Truffiere, Waipara Honey and Guy’s parents for scones. We also picked plums, gathered watercress and raided the Bellbird Spring garden and quail coops. Lunch was a family affair at Bellbird Spring with delicious salads, terrine and rillettes all mostly grown, made and prepared by Guy and family.
The afternoon was spent at Pegasus Bay Winery for the great reveal of all the groups foraged finds. The table was amassed with edible greenery, plums, berries as well as a few pigeons, hares, fish and even an octopus! While the chefs planned and prepared their signature dishes, the visitors enjoyed a comprehensive tasting of North Canterbury wines made by the wineries involved.
Dinner was nine spectacular courses with the wine matches carefully chosen by the visiting sommeliers. All in all, the day and evening meal, was an exemplary experience showcasing just how special our region is for food and wine, we’re pretty lucky indeed.