Food. The Show.

Food. The Show..

Be still my beating heart (stomach).

Wellington’s Westpac Stadium is about to become a foodie merry go round for this weekend’s Food Show, which kicks off on Friday.

To be frank, don’t take your car, because you can get quite merry going around and around The Food Show.

I’m delighted, it’s one of my favourite events. It sates my curiosity for new things, appeases my yearning for free food (there’s plenty of it) and often impresses me with something new that I simply MUST HAVE in my kitchen. And did I mention there’s booze and food galore?

It’s an apt exercise for the Cake Tin, which looks like a large donut anyway.

The Food Show is unashamedly a monstrous culinary commercial extravaganza. You could be very poor after such an event, especially if you were quite enthusiastic like me.

With about 170 different exhibitors, you’ll find something to buy, I guarantee it.

There’s a few odd additions to the lineup with the likes of Vivid Life Photography and New Zealand Financial Brokers pushing the gamut of “food and wine” to new extremes.

But with a plethora of purveyors of fine nosh, beverages and associated goods like knives, cookware and chunky chopping boards, you never know when you might need to get financial advice on how to afford an 84-piece spice rack with auto-replenish function, or the diamante-studded executive chef knife set in a Louis Vuitton mauve suede carry case.

I won’t go into who’s going to be there, suffice to say there’ll be something for everyone to partake in, and if you’re on a budget you’ll find enough giveaways to make the daily $20 entry fee worth it (only $18 if pre-bought through Ticketek, but with booking fees, you’re better to buy at the gate).

If you’re not on a budget it’s even better, but take cash, you know what it’s like getting to the ATM at the stadium. And it’s a good way to limit what you spend.

The celeb stage will be popping with foodie exhibitions, and the maestro monikers like Pretty, White, McVinnie, Buiso and Jacobs are on deck to twirl their apron strings in an educational way. Check the website for the schedule.

It’s a fun day out, and if you can get there on Friday do it, to avoid the Maddening Crowds and legions of Parents With Buggies.

Competition
Word on the Street has a couple of tickets to The Food Show to give away. We’d like to hear your most creative Wellington-themed take on completing the following phrase …

“If you can’t stand the heat …  ”

The best entry by 12pm Thursday will nab the tickets, as judged by Me.

As Judge, Jury and Executioner my decision will be final, and tickets will have to be picked up from Positively Wellington Tourism on Plimmer Steps on Friday. Go on, make me laugh.

Nick.

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#1

If you can’t stand the heat, get outta the cake tin!

By Scott, 10 May 2010

#2

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the cake tin!

By Scott, 10 May 2010

#3

If you can’t stand the heat,
Windy Wellington will chill your feet.
But it will be fine indeed,
Just trust the city of the vibrant seed.

By Lu Marsovna, 10 May 2010

#4

If you can't stand the heat, move to wellington!

By Christine, 10 May 2010

#5

If you can't stand the heat, come to Wellington. We have none.

By Pri, 10 May 2010

#6

If you can't stand the heat, go stand out in a Southerly.

By Matt, 10 May 2010

#7

If you can't stand the heat,
Jump into the harbour.

By Rachel, 10 May 2010

#8

If you can't stand The Heat.., support The Saints!
(basketball reference - um, yeah)

By Hoofy, 10 May 2010

#9

If you can't stand the heat,
then it's time to have a sweet treat,
but if thats not your cuppa tea,
then why don't you come and cook with me!

By Suzanne, 10 May 2010

#10

all the good ones were already taken.

By Hoofy, 10 May 2010

#11

If you can't stand the heat... just wait five minutes for the weather to change!

By Denise, 10 May 2010

#12

If you can't stand the heat, then cook me some meat!

By Anna, 10 May 2010

#13

And then there's an email entry from Jason:

"If you can't stand the heat, stop staring at my chest hair."

Hmmm... if I was any more of a cynic, I'd say you'd seen me doing my Baywatch styles down at Oriental Bay. But, then you might just be a fellow wookie. Which brings much respect.

By Nick, 10 May 2010

#14

If you can't stand the heat.., get out of [Sweet Mumma's] Kitchen.

By Hoofy, again., 11 May 2010

#15

If you can't stand the heat, don't eat an entire chili pepper (as my greedy 19-year-old German friend did last week, when he snuck a bite of spicy soup my Malaysian flatmate made. A pint of milk later, tears still streaming down his face, he admitted he should've asked before he ate).

By Theresa, 11 May 2010

#16

If you can't stand the heat, then you shouldn't have said your wife's bum actually DOES look big in that.

By Kirsten, 11 May 2010

#17

If you can't stand the heat, spit out the chilli

By Em, 12 May 2010

#18

If you can't stand the heat, then crack open a pinot

By Em, 12 May 2010

#19

If you can't stand the heat, move to wellington!

By Rob Smith, 12 May 2010

#20

...have a beer and order takeaways

By dee, 13 May 2010

#21

If you can't stand the heat, step away from the espresso machine

By Anna, 13 May 2010

#22

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the Bitchin.

That's my take, a wee shout out to the queens of 80s dance, Wellington's own Real Hot Bitches. They ARE the heat.

Thanks to all you Real Hot Commenters for your entries, and the tickets have been duly awarded to Rachel, for her hark back to summer - "If you can't stand the heat, jump in the Harbour."
Oh wouldn't it be nice. Not till January thanks Rach!
Please get in touch for your passes to The Food Show.
Awesome creative minds there folks.

By Nick, 13 May 2010

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