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More than 50 events will be running across Hawke’s Bay in June, as the Winter F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic returns.

The programme is a showcase of the region’s unique food and wine experiences, set in stunning locations, and offers a chance to meet chefs, wine and food producers in person.

This year’s winter programme will feature newcomers Craft and Social, which has teamed up with Alpha Domus to host a Sunday event, while Cellar 495 has invited Auckland chef Ben Bayley, to cook for diners for one night only.

The Summer F.A.W.C! has been rescheduled from its usual slot in November, until
15 -24 March next year, so that it doesn’t clash with other important events going on at the same time, as it would put strain on Hawke’s Bay’s accomodation facilities.

The programme takes place over four weekends in June, ranging from free walk-ups to premium and all inclusive events with ticket prices ranging from $17 to $320.

Organisers Hawke’s Bay Tourism said in a statement that seasonal produce would be in the spotlight throughout the festival. Crab Farm’s Winter Comforts, The Urban Winery’s Crispy Crackling Christmas and Black Barn Bistro’s From the Fire menus were good examples. There would also be truffle events at both the Manse and Wallingford.

Napier’s MTG will also be hosting the Foodie Film Festival with delights such as Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, From the Vine and The Trip to Italy.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism chief executive Hamish Saxton said after a tough period for the region he couldn’t wait to welcome foodies from across the country to experience the best of the Bay’s culinary and hospitality offerings.

“As our official winter food and wine festival, Winter F.A.W.C! delivers a range of stand out events from workshops and film festivals to relaxed walk-up events and indulgent intimate experiences. Throughout all of this variety, a common thread will be Hawke’s Bay’s excellent food and wine, and a passion for showcasing our incredible region for manuhiri,” he said.

The programme goes live on the F.A.W.C website on 27 April, with pre-sales for database members from 2 May and available to the general public from 3 May.

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