Rain forecast for wine and food festival

Refreshments could be served with a lashing of wet weather at the 2012 wine and food festival this weekend.

Event organiser Callam Mitchell said 7500 tickets had been sold to the New World festival at Hagley Park on Saturday, and there were 1500 left. However, all VIP, connoisseur, and early-bird tickets had already been sold.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said Christchurch could expect a "keen breeze" and a few showers on Saturday. Temperatures would also be cooler.

But the forecast could change between now and the weekend, he said. "It's an improving picture. For people looking for dry weather, if you do a rain dance, that could help as well."

The festival, which attracted thousands of Cantabrians last year, will have demonstrations by well-known local chefs and seminars by wine connoisseurs, including master of wine Bob Campbell.

Other features include a Monteith's beer garden, and musicians, including Anika Moa, Tahuna Breaks and Sola Rosa, will perform.

"We have quite a lot of new features this year, including the Waipara region doing its own seminar area, and the sustainable living area, which is not just about eating food but also about growing food as well," Mitchell said.

If the weather was unsuitable, the event would be postponed till Sunday.

The Press