Cuisine@Clyde festival this weekend
A high-risk venture for a small-town community group has paid off with hundreds of people expected to descend on Clyde for the inaugural Cuisine@Clyde food festival this weekend.
The festival was the brainchild of community group Clyde on Sunday, whose members thought Clyde's historic precinct needed to be re-energised.Olivers owner and group member David Ritchie said the event was about pulling together the local scene with regional and seasonal produce and wines, as well as activities.
''We pushed the boat out - it is quite high risk for a little community group to do this. Central Otago is very well known and the local food and produce is just fantastic. We thought it would be fun to carry it through.''
The four-day programme included cooking demonstrations with chef Nici Wickes from TV's World Kitchen series, as well as Fleur Sullivan and Michael Coughlin.
Other demonstrations included Wild Sophistication Pinot Noir Barrel Cooking with Wild Earth's head chef David Harrison and Preparing and Cooking Venison with Tony Tohill from Clyde's Sausage Alley.
Ash Boeyen from Shaky Bridge Wines was also holding a wine appreciation session.
''A lot is about education, as well as being fun and entertaining. We are trying to get a balance between coming and learning, and going away with more information so they can enjoy food and wine better.''
People would be provided with recipes at the events and be able to taste, he said.
''The way it is going at the moment, I am confident it's going to be successful. We are certainly getting the numbers, interest is there and we are getting good support locally. We expect to get up to 50 or 60 at each event - it is important people don't wait til the last minute to get tickets. Clyde is going to be very busy this weekend - we are expecting hundreds of people.''
Tickets had sold out for the stand-up comedy show and BBQ competition hosted by comedian Dai Henwood but there were still tickets available for the other events.
- The Mirror