Food and wine goes down a treat
The sun shone and salmon sizzled as Twizel enjoyed its biggest festival yet.
Convenor Jeanette Van Gelder estimated that more than 2500 people attended the Salmon and Wine Festival held in the town square on Saturday afternoon.
"It is the biggest festival yet; the weather, the location and the local product have made it very popular.
"A lot of people have come from out of town, from Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru; we even had tourists from Sweden and Germany."
Previously, the festival had been held at the event centre. But for the past two years it has been in the square and organised by the Twizel Promotion and Development Association.
The cancellation of the South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival in Timaru had probably boosted numbers she said.
"It's a great family event and it only costs $5 to get in and kids are free, so why wouldn't you come?
"The cook-off was really popular this year and we already have people wanting to be involved next year. We also had a cooking demonstration by MasterChef finalist from series one, Tracey Gunn, who owns Ben Ohai Rd Cheese."
Waitaki Valley Wines' Anne Jerram said the day had been a great success.
"We couldn't come last year because it clashed with Timaru's [festival]. The day has been fantastic; the venue is great, sales have been good and everyone is really enthusiastic."
Senior constable Brent Swanson, of Tekapo, said festival-goers had been well behaved.
"There have been no incidents, we don't normally have any trouble at this event.
"It's been a great day. This year and last year have been a huge improvement on previous years."
Along with the wine and food stalls, the crowd was entertained by Jamesons Irish Band and a collection of local musicians.
- The Timaru Herald