Visitors to next year's Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition on Waiheke Island won't be going hungry with a MasterChef finalist and a Michelin-starred chef on board.
The event, which sees sculptures dotted along the island's headlands for visitors to walk between, celebrates its 10th anniversary next year and promises to be "bigger and better than ever", manager Nicky Cairns said.
Some mock-ups for a number of pieces to go on show at next year's event have also been unveiled.
One piece unveiled yesterday, titled Beyond Good & Evil by Melbourne resident Konstantin Dimopoulos, resembled a blue jungle gym serving as a roost for what appear to be seagulls and crows.
Another design, by Waiheke resident Delicia Sampero, comprises three separate pieces each with the word "temporary” reproduced in black on a yellow background, resembling roadside signs.
During the three-week event the island's best food and drink will be showcased at a pavilion at the end of the headland walk, near the ferry terminal.
A daily menu has been designed by New Zealand MasterChef runner-up Ana Schwarz, and will be prepared by former three-star Michelin chef Nico Fini, both of whom are Waiheke residents.
Fini said the dishes were designed to use local produce as much as possible.
"Such products include a tasty local sheep yoghurt that guests will enjoy with a homemade blend of toasted oats, fresh and dried fruits, nuts and seeds and local Waiheke honeycomb," he said.
"There are also locally produced brioche and pastries which could proudly stand beside those of a boulangerie in France.
"All the food will be very affordable - we are trying to provide a menu the whole family can enjoy with lots of options. Fresh and healthy, off the grill and a little bit different is the mantra."
Waiheke musicians and bands will be on show at the pavilion throughout the event, which will also host artist talks and wine tastings.
HEADLAND SCULPTURE ON THE GULF
WHEN: January 25 to February 17
WHERE: Waiheke Island
- Auckland Now