Great Lake Taupo Cultural Festival for Food and Wine Lovers

( The Great Lake Taupō Cultural Festival; a two-day multi-cultural event at the Unison Amphitheatre this Waitangi weekend, will be a haven of delicious ethnic foods and locally produced wines according to organisers.

From French crepes to Thai curries, and seafood to sushi, the Great Lake Taupō Festival will have something on the menu to suit all tastes. The two day event will offer ethnic dishes from many cultural groups from around the district including Indian, Thai, Italian, Malaysian, Japanese, French, Indonesian, and of course the mighty hangi cooked right in front of you.

Organiser Val Hoogerbrugge from Taupō’s English Language Partners (formerly ESOL) says the food is always amazing, and there will be something to suit even the fussiest pallet. “Don’t be put off if you can’t handle the hot curries,” says Val, “there is a huge array of food from all over the world, including some very unique and interesting dishes. And the food sculptures are incredible, and always very popular.”

This year the festival will include wine tasting, and off-licence sales of wine from local wineries Martin Watt Wines, Omori Estate, Karapiti Vineyard, Floating Rock, and Tongariro River Estate. Cold drinks and espresso coffee will also be available.

The festival, which runs Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February, also includes live music, dance, language, arts and textiles, and much more. Activities will run from 10am till 4pm each day.

Whakatane based singer Maisey Rika is heading a line up of outstanding talent, including locals Awhimai Fraser & Eddie Biddle, and a special guest performance from internationally renowned singer Tyssia all the way from New Caledonia honoring Taupō’ sister city relationship with Noumea.

Media Release 30 January 2011 from Taupo District Council.