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Feast of Canterbury

August 21, 2010

…is a food festival intended to celebrate and promote the best of Canterbury food and wine, and runs from the 1st-20th September. There are several main parts involved:

  • “Feast events” – foodie events
  • “Dine series” – exclusive set menu deals at some of the best restaurants in Christchurch
  • Finale” – A five day gala at Riccarton House. Tickets required.
  • Heroes” – A list of regional food and beverage heroes.

I’ve compiled a Twospoons top picks list (not including finale events or heroes section), based on value for money and my personal preferences (which don’t really include beer and wine, so for the full guide, head over to the main website). When I say “value for money” I mean compared to the regular prices of some usually very pricey restaurants, and/or considering what is offered on the menus. As a disclaimer, I am not involved in the festival, I just happened to find out about it, think it’s great, and though it would be helpful for student readers to have a budget-friendly(ish) list pulled from the main selection. Awww. Anyone who wants to shout me coffee to say thanks is totally more than welcome to ;) No suing allowed :P


“Feast of Canterbury”

top picks:

Feast events

Visit the home of Gruff Junction – Sunday 5th, 11am-4pm, 220 Wolfes Rd, Greenpark. $5. Gruff Junction are Christchurch’s closest and best known goats cheese makers. They are opening up the farm for visitors to meet the goats (and their babies…squee!). Bring gumboots, a picnic lunch, rug, camera and some cash to buy cheese if you want to. RSVP by emailing gruffjunction[at] or ringing 03 325 5066.

Katherine Mowbray Cheese Making – Thursday 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Langdale Wineyard Restaurant, 161 Langdales Rd, West Melton. $50. Learn how to make mozzarella cheese from one of the best known home cheesemaking experts in New Zealand, Katherine Mowbray, and do it all over a glass of wine and cheese tasting. Email julia[at] to enquire and book your place.

Think outside the vanilla macaron – Friday 10th, 10am – 6:30pm, Shop, 9F Normans Rd, Christchurch. $15. Sample some weird but wonderful macaron flavours with other macaron fanatics, and receive a bow of 6 macarons and tea with your ticket. Buy tickets at the FOC website.

Radio Live Twilight Market – Wed 15th, 4pm-6pm, Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Rd, Christchurch. Free.

Dine Series

Dine deals are available only during the festival. Links are to the restaurant pages. For more details on the set menus offered for the festival, check out the FOC Dine page. I’ve only pulled out the most interesting bits to me.

Pegasus Bay

  • 2 course lunch with wine, tea or coffee, $40pp.
  • 3 course lunch with wine, tea or coffee, $55pp.

Entree: Black truffle, tellegio, parmesan & chive frittata. Main: Home oak barrel cold smoked salmon, Italian buffalo mozzarella, pickled globe artichockes, micro sorrel, radish, bruschetta. Dessert: Buffalo yogurt panna cotta, tamarillo jelly, mandarin granita, peppermint creams.

Restaurant Schwass

  • 5 course Friday lunch, $29pp (say whaaaaat?!) – extra $11 for Black Estate Wine or Three Boys beer, and tea or coffee.

Simo’s Modern Moroccan Cuisine

  • 3 course dinner menu, $65pp.

Complimentary starters and 3 choices for each course. Yay, choices! Have I mentioned that Simo’s is in my top three for food in Christchurch? Amazing stuff. Haven’t tried them in their new location at the Crowne Plaza though.

Taste at Riccarton House

  • 2 course lunch with wine, tea or coffee, $35.
  • 6 course degustation menu, $55.

For lunch you get to choose from 2 mains and desserts of the day. The dinner is particularly appealing knowing the usual prices, and looking at the menu, it is even more appealing, with a heavy emphasis on organic food. Since Riccarton House is home to the Christchurch Farmer’s market, there are plenty of things from the stalls – macarons, breads, and goats cheese to name a few.

Sticky Fingers

  • 2 for 1 medium gourmet pizzas from 12-2 daily.

Medium pizzas $19.50 – $24.50.

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