Winter F.A.W.C! Ready to be Devoured

May 24, 2021
Winter F.A.W.C! Ready to be Devoured

Winter F.A.W.C! begins next week, secure the last tickets now and indulge in the very best of Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Country.  

Winter F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic is back for an eighth year and foodies can now devour its deliciously hot programme of more than 40 events throughout the month of June.  

The very best of Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Country is on display in this year’s delectable line up of mouth-watering morsels. From extraordinarily talented chefs, award-winning winemakers and passionate producers come 46 events overflowing with inspiration, creativity and flair.  

Once again running across the four weekends in June (June 4-6, June 11-13, June 18-20 and June 25-27), Winter F.A.W.C! is the perfect antidote to the cooler months.  


Events range from intimate chef’s table dinners in luxurious surroundings and exclusive wine degustation evenings, to truffle hunting, wellness day retreats and lively celebrations of all things fried. Event ticket prices range from $50 to $295, with several walk-up events planned throughout the month as well.  

Among many other highlights, Havelock North’s Giant Brewery and Public House, are holding Psalms on Sunday, a Sunday brunch that will satisfy your soul; Hygge at Clifton Bay, are working with Napier’s National Distillery to deliver Fireside Ginstronomy, a tale of food and gin; the talented team at Black Barn and Asian Diner are serving up Freddy’s Cook-a-Chook, which combines fiery Korean fried chicken with smooth beats from Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Chopper Reeds; while the team at Mission Estate is inviting foodies to step up and discover a range of sumptuously cooked game meat in their event Are you Game?  


What’s more, both Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay will be hosting events this season ensuring foodies can get a true taste of the whole region. In Wairoa, F.A.W.C!ers are in for a treat at F.A.W.C! Taste of Wairoa at the iconic Gaiety Theatre; while Chris Stockdale at Wallingford invites people into his kitchen in a chef’s table event at the charming historic homestead.  

Also new to the programme is A Taste of F.A.W.C!, where the region’s eateries will offer a special Winter F.A.W.C! deal throughout the month of June. At the centrepiece of these dishes are local products and produce, with each dish made from at least 90 per cent Hawke’s Bay-sourced ingredients. Participating outlets will offer their Taste of F.A.W.C! dish at a special rate, and often with a beverage match.  

The culinary festival starts with a bang, thanks to Thank F.A.W.C! it’s Friday on the first Friday of the month (June 4th). This special opening night event will see participating bars and restaurants throughout the region create signature drinks made from local Hawke’s Bay ingredients.  


Hawke’s Bay Tourism Chief Executive Hamish Saxton said the organisation was thrilled to be organising the eighth Winter F.A.W.C!  

“This year’s mix of events are incredibly varied, showcasing just how vast Hawke’s Bay is as a culinary destination. We have events that celebrate local food, wine, beer, cider and gin, and everything in between. It is set to be a magnificent month of featuring, drinking and most of all savouring the very best of Hawke’s Bay, Food and Wine Country.” 

Download the programme and secure your tickets now before they sell out at