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A taste of Wairoa

Get ready to have your tastebuds tantalised at the inaugural Taste of Wairoa food and wine event.

The Wairoa District Council and Hawke’s Bay Tourism are pairing up to bring a five-course dining experience to Wairoa as part of the Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Classic (FAWC) event.

Local cooks and budding chefs are being called on to present their best dishes to a panel of judges.

The winners will then reproduce their successful dishes at the local event.

A Taste of Wairoa promises to be a great night out while also giving the local community a chance to showcase their own unique kai, dishes and secret whānau recipes.

The evening will feature a degustation menu celebrating three savoury dishes, a dessert and a petit four (a small bite-sized confectionary or savoury appetizer) with 90% of each dish needing to be made with local produce. Each meal with be paired with wine.

The dishes should ideally tell a story as to why it is the Taste of Wairoa.

Entrants vying to have their dish picked for the Taste of Wairoa event need to ensure they can replicate 100 of their dishes if they are successful.

Kitchen kings and queens have until the end of the month (March 30, 4pm) to enter with judging by a local panel taking place on April 9.

Those who are successful, will be further briefed about the June event by the organising team.

A Taste of Wairoa will take place on June 26 at the Gaiety Theatre. Tickets will be $100 and limited to 100 people. Details on how to purchase your ticket will be provided at a later date.

For more information about the competition contact Rubyanne Edwards on 06 838 4648 or 027 782 3963.

12 March 2021

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