Under a parched sun they came and poured

05:46, Feb 16 2013
Food and Wine Festival
Chef Josh Emett's finished dish of duck.
Food and Wine Festival
Peking duck with orange pancakes served up by Victoria St Bistro.
Food and Wines Festival
Colourful macaroons from My Sweet Things.
Food and Wine Festival
Chef Josh Emett talking with festival-goers.
Food and Wine Festival
Chocolate and caramel brownies on sale.
Food and Wine Festival
By lunchtime the crowds had arrived and the wine was flowing freely.
Food and Wine Festival
Lane and Nola Bridgman found their own fun.
Food and Wine Festival
Music plays a big part in the festival.
Food and Wine Festival
Chef Josh Emett shows the crowds how to cook like a pro.
Food and Wine Festival
The gentle hands of Josh Emett make light work of a complicated duck dish.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival.
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival
Waikato Times Food and Wine Festival

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.

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