Local Marlborough News and Upcoming local events (March – April 2014)

Local Marlborough News and Upcoming local events.  

New Zealand’s Marlborough region has long been known for the breathtaking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and its world-class Sauvignon Blanc. With its rugged mountain ranges, fertile plains, intricate waterways and thriving aviation and aquaculture, Marlborough has a lot to offer from its water, wilderness and wine.  Please find below some of the upcoming local Marlborough events.

 

Framingham Harvest Concert
7 March, 6.30-11pm

To celebrate the beginning of Harvest in the stunning region of Marlborough, Framingham are once again hosting an intimate concert in their picturesque winery courtyard.

The concert features some of the country’s up and coming bands and this year The Nudge will be performing, along with the region’s most popular cover’s band – The Dead Parrots and Chinese Beach Party.

The Great New Zealand Trek – Wairau Valley to Clarence
8-16 March

The Great New Zealand Trek …is something quite different from the standard package holiday….A unique adventure for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. This is an annual week long trek starting each year where it finished the previous year. Each day trekkers make their way along a well marked route off the beaten track through farmland, beaches & forestry to where a new campsite is set up each day. Volunteers dismantle the camp moving it to the next site in time for the trekkers arrival. A team of awesome caterers travel with us supplying mouth watering gourmet food. This is a truly amazing way to experience a part of New Zealand you would not normally have the opportunity to see as well as making new friends with like minded people. We have trekkers who have participated in each stage or some that have just done one stage. Join us and help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis.

Dog Point Logan Brown Picnic
8 March

Who would have thought that in 2008 a chance conversation between the two winemakers of Dog Point Vineyards and the partners of Logan Brown would be the start of an increasingly popular event inspired by the traditional kiwi picnic theme.

The Dog Point/Logan Brown Classic Kiwi Picnic is a joint effort between Marlborough based Dog Point Vineyards and the team at Logan Brown Restaurant in Wellington.  Each year around 150 guests enjoy the four wines produced by Dog Point Vineyards matched to chic picnic fare created by Logan Brown.   It’s a relaxed event where the Dog Point and Logan Brown teams have as much fun as the guests.

The picnic regularly sells out, with organisers intentionally maintaining low numbers in keeping with the picnic theme and to give the Dog Point and Logan Brown partners a chance to mingle and mix with guests.

Simply put the picnic concept is to recreate the traditional kiwi picnic matched to Dog Point wines.  The emphasis is on seasonal and local produce, and the understated qualities of the produce used.  Dishes created are true to the picnic theme but done with finesse.  Each dish is carefully matched to Dog Point Vineyard’s four wines; two styles of Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir plus Dog Point’s in-house bubbles – Two Shady Dogs.

The picnic theme is carried out with careful attention to detail.  Guests are greeted at the site by an old HG Holden parked at one end of the picnic site and a  tray of punch served to guests from its bonnet, food is served on a mismatch of vintage plates, and an array of floral and brightly coloured retro table clothes cover tables in true picnic style.  A game of petanque keeps guests entertained, while barbeques are used to cook fritters of whitebait and paua. In true keeping with the traditional kiwi approach, the picnic site is an area bordered by vineyards and an olive grove one side, and large weeping willows and a meandering creek on the other.  Lunch is served in Dog Point’s Barrel Hall where bunting is hung to recreate the picnic feel.

Picnic goers come from all over New Zealand with Auckland and Tauranga being well represented.

Everything about the picnic is convivial, with no pretences or illusions of grandeur; this is a celebration of everything that makes the kiwi style of picnic unique and special.  In keeping, food and wine is served casually and with more than a hint of fun!

Getting there:    Bus leaves from Seymour Square in Blenheim to the picnic return, departing Seymour Square at 11.45am, returning approx. 4.30pm

 

Havelock Mussel Festival
15 March

Marlborough 4 Fun and the Havelock Mussel Festival Committee look forward to bringing another fantastic festival to the region on, Sat 15th March 2013!  A great day is planned full of entertainment for the whole family.  There will be free kids activities in the NIWA Kidzone, over 70 stalls, including great food, wine, crafts & promotional displays, cooking demos with celebrity chefs, fun competitions including the Kono NZ Mussel Opening Competition and educational aspects in the Marine Farming Industry Tent.

Sounds, Salmon & Songbirds
16, 23 & 30 March

Marlborough Travel and New Zealand King Salmon have teamed up again to show Marlburians and visitors to the Marlborough region the Sounds, salmon and the native birds of Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary.

Get a taste of the Marlborough Sounds on this special cruise. Passengers get to go onboard Marlborough Travel’s Odyssea to cruise around the Kaipupu Point, visit the native bird sanctuary, then head onto Ruakaka Bay to feed the salmon; learning about the Marlborough Sounds along the way.

New Zealand King Salmon will again provide free tastings and a few spot prizes, to add to an already fabulous half-day out.

Picton Pestival (Pest Eradication Festival)
22 March, 11am-6pm

The Picton Pestival (Pest Eradication Festival) is a uniquely kiwi, ‘heartland party’ to raise funds for Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. But also to celebrate New Zealand’s rare and precious flora and fauna which is badly threatened by the damage that introduced species are doing.

The day’s entertainment includes: live music, food, alcohol, environmental speakers, conservation and trapping stalls, market place, pest contest, fancy dress prizes (pest theme) and a children’s programme.

Forrest GrapeRide
5 April

The Forrest GrapeRide is the South Island’s biggest and most popular recreational cycling event. The classic course traverses a 101km circuit through some of the most stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer and has been described as a ride through nature’s photo album.

To book your Marlborough Accommodation for any local event, consider Tigers Den Luxury Lodge, Waikawa Bay (NZ)

Your Host | Keith and Vanessa Shadbolt.

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