Want something cool for the kitchen?

MIKE MATHER
Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014
Jacob Nooyen and Matthew Weatherel
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WINE TIME: Jacob Nooyen from Vilagrad Wines and Matthew Weatherell from Kitchen Things are among those taking part in this weekend’s Waikato Food and Wine Festival.

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So what's the latest must-have in the kitchen for any proud home-owner?

A pink fridge, apparently.

That's the word from Matthew Weatherell of Hamilton business Kitchen Things, which is running the annual Cooking Theatre display at the Waikato Food & Wine Festival this weekend.

The Claudelands Lawn - the grassy area outside the Claudelands Events Centre - will become a hive of activity from 11am today, with foodies and social gathering enthusiasts marking the event's fifth year.

The festival will feature a plethora of stallholders with interesting food, boutique wines and eclectic beers to sample and buy, and a day-long programme of live music.

The Cooking Theatre will feature demonstrations by some of the country's best cooks including 2013 MasterChef champion Aaron Brunet, top Auckland chef Paul Jobin, Mikey Newlands of Bracu and Hamilton food luminaries Jeff Dunstan (Domaine), Lorna Haddon and Kerry Wilson (Furnace).

"It's a major branding exercise for us," Mr Weatherell said. "Every year we take part in the festival and every year we get really good feedback from our customers.

"We started [the Cooking Theatre] five years ago, when the festival was being held in the Hamilton Gardens. I'm really glad we have stayed with it. It's been a great, fun event to be a part of."

As well as promoting the art of cooking, his business would, naturally, push the latest kitchen gear, including some colourful refrigerators.

"We have even got a pink one, although I'm not that sure that is the one I'd like to have in my kitchen."

Event director Paul Blomfield urges Waikato residents to "gather your friends, grab your sun umbrella and picnic rug and bring your festival spirit along to what will be Waikato's best day out this summer."

For more details visit www.waikatofoodandwine.co.nz.

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