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.
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.