Beer, Wine and Mussels: Summer Festivals in Marlborough, NZ

Wine and Food Festival 2011 (Blenheim)

Wine and Food Festival 2011 (Blenheim)

Marlborough Region experiences the most amount of sunshine in New Zealand. Every year in February & March (yes, it’s summer time in NZ!), the region makes the most out of the glorious weather and holds fabulous festivals – Wine & Food Festival, Blues, Brews & BBQs & Mussel Festival. It’s almost an everyweekend shindig not only for locals but also for people from overseas who goes to NZ during this time.

Blenheim is considered the “Wine Capital of NZ”. The sauvignon blanc produced in Blenheim is considered one of the best in the world. Date for the festival varies but it’s always held in February. Heaps of wine and food stalls line up the estate where it’s held. Lots of options and suggestions on wine and food match. There’s also great entertainment from Kiwi artists – the likes of Gin Wigmore, Sola Rosa and Liam Finn.

Bacon and Avocado Roll with my Reisling

Bacon and Avocado Roll with my Reisling

  I am not a big fan of wine but I enjoy attending the festival because of the food! :)

$20 Half-Crayfish-Meal, quite pricey but worth it!

$20 Half-Crayfish-Meal, quite pricey but worth it!

Fresh Strawberries & Cream

Fresh Strawberries & Cream

My favorite so far, the Iced Cherries! I know, I can make my own at home. But when you start drinking and eating under the Blenheim Sun (strong and dry, almost no humidity!), some iced cherries is a relief!

Gave me such a nice, cooling sensation :)

Gave me such a nice, cooling sensation :)

If there’s a festival for wine, there’s also a festival dedicated for beer. Blues, Brews and BBQs is an annual beer festival also held in Blenheim sometime in February. I’m more familiar with it as my former boss is one of the organizers and I used to do the layout plan of the event! :) It’s a fun festival and people dress up. Here are some snaps way back 2011.

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

These girls won best dressed!

These girls won best dressed!

Time check, 2pm.. (when pre-drinks start at 11am!)

Time check, 2pm.. (when pre-drinks start at 11am!)

If you’re a fan of seafood, then the Havelock Mussel Festival would be a good shenanigan for you. It’s usually held in March at the Havelock Grounds near the Marina. You can eat mussels in different ways – steamed, grilled, soup, hairy, etc. There’s also whitebait, shrimp and crayfish. Havelock’s Green-Shell Mussell is known to be the best in the world!

Mussel Festival 2010

Mussel Festival 2010

There are also “competitions” like the fastest mussel eater! Hahaha

Mussel Eating Competition

Mussel Eating Competition

If you happen to be in Marlborough, New Zealand in summertime, you might want to check out these festivals. Not only will you enjoy some of the best produce in New Zealand but you’ll have a taste of how festivals are done in Kiwiland! :) Happy amazing travels!

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