Beerly Promoting – Kapiti Food Fair

The Kapiti Food Fair is on Saturday and will showcase a range of great food, beer and wine from the region which is known as Wellington’s Food Basket. Over 5,000 visitors attended this event last year. The 2009 Fair features cooking demonstrations from professional chefs (including Martin Bosley, a local) as well as beer and wine appreciation sessions.

The Beer Boys Beer Appreciation workshops will be conducted by beer writer Neil Miller. This will comprise tastings and commentry on top award winning New Zealand Boutique Beers (including Tuatara, Epic and Croucher).

The Wine Wizards workshops are to be presented by Ex Tall Black, travel and wine writer John Saker.

Saturday 5 December 2009 from 10 am to 3pm
Whitireia Community Polytechnic Kapiti Campus
Lindale Exit, State Highway 1, Paraparaumu

Full details are on their website.

The Wellington Food Show – A Beer Perspective

In a plan so cunning that Rowan Atkinson is considering suing me, I went to the Wellington Food Show at 3:45pm on Friday. The intention was to avoid the crowds, particularly that sub-set of crowds who think a packed food show is the perfect place to take a double baby buggy.

The plan worked to perfection with minimal waiting at most stalls. The number of stands displaying tea was way down, the number offering spreads was way up. So how did beer fare?

Here is the tally:

There were 36 wine stands offering (conservatively) 5 wines each so at least 180 wines were available. I saw one person who looked like he had tried to sample them all.

There were 4 spirit and liquer stands offering (approximately) 15 different spirits and liquers to the punters.

Finally, there were 2 beer stands offering (exactly) 9 different beers.

The only places flying the flag for beer were Monteiths and New World (which had the three Bavaria beers).

Am I the only one which finds this just a little bit sad?