Offering a chance to dig up some of the hidden gems of Marlborough’s buzzing foodie scene, Marlborough Underground promises exclusive culinary experiences in some unique locations.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure that there is something for everyone. The Marlborough Underground programme ranges in price from $15 to $195 and includes everything from street parties, brunch and BBQ banquets to wild game and foraged feasts and indulgent long lunches in the Marlborough Sounds,” says Feast Marlborough organiser Chris Shaw.
The programme includes four of New Zealand’s top chefs; Sid Sahrawat, Ben Bayly, Mark Southon and Shaun Clouston, alongside local producer and culinary stars.
Sid Sahrawat will bring his award-winning Indian restaurant Cassia to Scotch Wine Bar in central Blenheim and prepare an extraordinary Indian fusion meal featuring lamb from Marlborough’s own Flaxbourne Pure.
Cruise the Queen Charlotte Sound before enjoying a four course lunch created by visiting chef Ben Bayly, featuring decadent Murphy’s Black Garlic from Marlborough Garlic. This long lunch is hosted at Waterfall Bay and matched with organic and biodynamic wines from Seresin Estate.
Chef Mark Southon will collaborate with local chef Bradley Hornby at Arbour on a menu of foraged ingredients and wild game from Premium Game whilst Cloudy Bay Vineyard’s Treehouse will host a sumptuous six-course menu featuring Ora King Salmon cooked by chef Shaun Clouston of Logan Brown.
“This year’s diverse mix of events is testament to the outstanding food, wine and culinary talent we have across our region. Feast is set to be an exceptional long weekend of wining and dining here in Marlborough,” says Chris.
Kick up your feet and ‘Dine and Jive’ at Le Café in Picton, enjoy the seaside charms of Havelock with a Mills Bay Mussels Sunday street festival, and in Blenheim feast on Renaissance beer and BBQ at 5 Tapped or revel in a whistle-stop tour of Marlborough wines at the Wine Station.
Omaka Marae are also opening their doors to the public for a rare opportunity to experience the genuine hospitality of the Aunties of Manaaki, bringing you a unique take on modern Maori cuisine coupled with an evening of cultural entertainment.
Over in wine country celebrate Marlborough produce with Allan Scott Wines on Saturday evening or treat mum at the The Vines Village Mother’s Day event.
Get your friends and family together and book in early, these hot ticket events will sell out fast!