Under a parched sun they came and poured
We came, they poured, we ate and all were merry.
The Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival has been a wine and sun-soaked success, with thousands pouring into the Claudelands Arena for the highlight of Hamilton's summer event season.
By midday Saturday crowds had filled every available table, chair, deck and patch of grass to listen to great music, drink even greater wine and sample the culinary delights of local and international food and produce.
The warm weather made us a thirsty lot too. Vilagrad Winery saw a swift plummet in their stocks and by 1pm Saturday calls were made back to the vineyard to have more crates of the good stuff delivered.
Vilagrad say they were at least four times busier than last year, and could barely keep up with demand.
And celebrity chef Josh Emett was as popular as the wine, with hundreds watching a cooking demonstration from the man himself.
The Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival continues Sunday.