Auckland's top weekend events

Wine and food festival dishes up the treats

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 14:28 17/02/2012
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BIG CROWDS: The Devonport Wine and Food Festival is always a hugely popular event.

Splore
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SPLORING: The beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park, south-east of Auckland, plays host to the Splore Festival.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? We pick out Auckland's best events including The Devonport Wine and Food Festival, Splore and a free performance by the Pheonix Foundation.

MAIN EVENT

Devonport Wine and Food Festival – starts Saturday

On the shore of the Waitamata Harbour, the Devonport Wine and Food Festival is just a ferry ride away, but a whole new world of delicious things.

With heaps of quality wine - over 20 wineries are turning up - as well as a bit of cider and beer, and food from around New Zealand and the world, there is no chance of going hungry or thirsty this weekend. And to tempt you even more, Kohu Road Ice Cream are creating a one-off festival special.

Along with the tasty treats, two stages will be running all weekend, with music from local heroes including Che Fu and Boh Runga, The Phoenix Foundation and Shona Laing, plus some funny stuff from comedians Andrew Clay and Jeremy Elwood. A great day being fed, watered and entertained in the sun.

Devonport Wine and Food Festival at Windsor Reserve, 18 – 19 February. Tickets $30 from Ticketek.

FAMILY FUN

Splore – starts Friday

This weekend, Tapapakanga Regional Park is transformed into the crazy Island of Hooha. Splore is all about dressing up and outrageous performances and this year is no different.

Not only is there music from the likes of Erakah Badu, Tiki Taane, Soul II Soul and Gappy Ranks, but the family friendly event will be scattered with life-sized barbie dolls, a bogan circus and burlesque gnomes. It is the Island of Hooha, after all.

Splore at Tapapakanga Regional Park, 17 – 19 February. Tickets from $120 from 1-Night. Kids under 12 free.

FREE STUFF

Phoenix Foundation presents Silo Sessions - Saturday

Fresh off their performance at Splore, the Wellington lads will be bringing the music to Silo Park this Saturday. In between the markets and food stalls, Phoenix Foundation will deliver their well-loved melodic pop blends of catchy tunes and psychedelic rock. Cross your fingers for sun.

Phoenix Foundation presents Silo Sessions at Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, 18 February. Entry is free.

DATE NIGHT

Ides of March - opened Thursday

Politics, death, intrigue, oh and George Clooney and Ryan Gosling on the same screen. Yes, new movie The Ides of March has something for everyone.  And what's more,  it’s really, really good. Clooney directs and stars and is naturally amazing, while Gosling can do no wrong these days. Plus you’ve got a supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Rachel Evan-Woods and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Genius.

The Ides of March is in cinemas now.

STAYING IN/GOING OUT

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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with Come Dine With Me. Five strangers hosting five dinner parties over five nights – how can hilarity not ensue? It’s the best reality TV around at the moment, if only for the dry genius of the narrator.

Do you like the sound of white chocolate and raspberry brioche and very good coffee? Silly question, right? Well a new cafe on Albert St does both those things pretty well. ME is a charming little hole-in-the-wall kind of place to get a kick start of the delicious kind. Sadly, it’s not open on the weekends but is perfect for a Monday morning visit.

Come Dine With Me - TV One on Saturday, 7.30pm.

ME - 72 Albert St.

BEST OF THE REST

Friday

New Performance Festival starts at Aotea Centre.

Saturday

Roger Waters: The Wall starts at Vector Arena.

Tuesday

Pink Floyd double feature at Stardome Observatory.

Wednesday

New Zealand Fashion Festival starts.

Sisters of Mercy at the Powerstation.

Thursday

Mayer Hawthorne at the Powerstation.

- Auckland Now

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