In the Northern Hemisphere, the grim depths of winter are embraced and transformed by the warming Christmas celebrations that interjet half-way through . In New Zealand, we don't have as good an excuse to indulge thoroughly mid-winter, though this is slowly starting to change thanks to increasingly innovative and in turn popular food events and festivals.
Some of the festivities have already kicked off, with Auckland Restaurant Month in the Heart of the City launching last week, but there are still plenty of amazing events to catch over the next three weeks across the country.
LATE: The Cult of Food
Jesse Mulligan chairs a panel of experts in a discussion on topics centered around New Zealand's food culture. Hear from chef and restaurateur Al Brown, AUT Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield, Anne Thorp from the popular TV series Kai Ora and Rod Jackson, Professor of Epidemiology at The University of Auckland. The talk will be followed by a demonstration and talk from Megan May of the Little Bird Unbakery.
11th August, 6pm, Auckland Museum Events Centre. Tickets $20 ($10 for members). For more info and to puchase tickets click here.
Sample your way around the country's vineyards, all under one roof at the Viaducts Event centre. Attend seminars on all manner of subjects relating to wine and sample food from the Wine Auckland pop-up restaurant.
August 16th from 12-3pm and 4-7pm and August 17th from 2-6pm. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the door, and include your first five tastings and a wine guide. For more info, click here.
A two day celebration of beer, Beervana can be thought of as a 'beer conference' for lovers of craft beer. 200 different varieties from both New Zealand and Australia are on offer to taste, alongside a range of delicious pop-up food stalls - from House of Dumplings to General Practitioner and Grill Meats Beer. Book your place at one of the many beer related seminars to learn about everything from beer and cheese matching to choosing the perfect glass.
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 August 2014, Westpac Stadium. Tickets available at ticketek.co.nz.
Bees in the City
Gala Fundraiser Dinner for Christchurch Art Gallery
The Hundred Foot Journey
The Hundred Foot Journey is a sweet and gentle film centred around the tale of an Indian family's relocation to a sleepy town in the south of France. When they decide to open a restaurant opposite a famous Michelin-starred eatery, tensions are stirred, until Le Saule Pleureur's icy proprietress, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), recongises her rival's undeniable brilliance for preparing cuisine.
In cinemas nationwide from 14th August.