Serving up the best of Waikato


Feast Waikato 2020 was uncorked at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Launch at Hamilton Gardens in February.

In its second year, Waikato Food Inc’s Feast Waikato, which runs from April 2-5, offers an array of foodie themed events. This year’s programme includes more than 30 events ranging from free foodie movies, and markets to lush long lunches, exclusive cooking classes and divine dinners.

The menu includes returning favourites (A Feast of Movies at VOTR, Hayes Commons Feastival and the CBD events progressive dinner) as well new events like Chewing the Fat with Denise Irvine, The Friends of the Gardens High Tea, Outstanding in their Field Lunch at Camarosa, Pizza & Pasta Journey at the Eatery and a Fried Chicken Eating Competition at the Bearded Weasel.

Event organiser Vicki Ravlich Horan says the progressive dinner highlights what Feast weekend is all about: “We want Feast to be an opportunity for local businesses to work together and to do something different. Waikato Food Inc are all about raising the profile and pride in our region, so we love the chance for local producers and eateries to show off and for locals to savour what the region has to offer.”

Tickets are now on sale and the full programme is available on Waikato Food Inc’s website (see


Waste watchers long lunch
This lunch is all about watching your waste while not counting a calorie.  Enjoy a long lunch in Hamilton Gardens Kitchen Gardens made from food often thrown away. Funds raised will go to Kaivolution a Go Eco Climate Action Project that rescues edible and reusable kai (food). The aim being to stop edible food being thrown away and ensure it goes to those in need.

Chewing the fat with Denise Irvine
Join Denise Irvine as she interviews some fascinating local foodies in the wonderful surrounds of the Hammond Camelia Garden.

Friends of the Gardens high tea fundraiser
Put on the pearls and lippy, dust of your best frock and grab the gals for the best high tea in town.  Forget the Ritz, Hamilton’s got the Victorian Glass House!  Enjoy delectable treats crafted by the Hamilton Gardens Café while sipping on tea in the beautiful surrounds. All profits go to the new Egyptian Garden, now under development.

Outstanding in their field
Celebrate our wonderful local producers with a five-course long lunch crafted by chef Andrew Clarke and the team at Camarosa.

Salt, water, flour – Learn to Make Sourdough with Fiona Hugues
Auckland-based stylist, magazine contributor and entertaining expert Fiona Hugues is returning to her hometown for a session to show you how simple it is to make artisan sourdough loaves at home.


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