Hawke’s Bay really is the land of milk, honey, and an enormous range of other delicious fresh foods. This region is widely known as the ‘food bowl of New Zealand’ for the variety of fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, artisan products and specialty foods on offer in our little piece of paradise.
The temperate climate, distinct seasons and rich soils make for perfect growing conditions for a myriad of crops, and the food producers add their unique flair to their labours, resulting in some of the freshest, tastiest food you’re ever likely to taste.
Visit one of the lively open air markets and discover the Bay’s delicious bounty, and treat the outing as a preview of what other treats you can find as you explore the region. You’ll be charmed by roadside produce stalls, boutique factories and cheese producers, and welcoming artisan shops as you meander through our picturesque region.
In summer, Hawke’s Bay is the envy of the rest of the country with cherries, apricots, plums, nectarines, sweetcorn and summer berries bursting with flavour, and of course, fresh grass-fed meats matched with fabulous Hawke’s Bay wines on balmy evenings. We follow these delights with apples and other pipfruit, avocados and olives in autumn as the grape harvest hums in the background. And by the time we’ve enjoyed our crisp winter – filled with energising citrus fruit and hearty vegetables – it’s spring, and we’re ready to feast on new season’s asparagus, spring lamb and the first of the strawberries.
Throughout the seasons, locals and visitors enjoy the fine wines and boutique beers made locally, and a fragrant array of coffee roasted right here.
The food and wine lifestyle is celebrated in November each year with F.A.W.C! – the regional Food and Wine Classic. This is a ten day series of gastronomic events that attracts foodies from around the country and further afield to indulge in the very finest this region has to offer. You can find out more about F.A.W.C! here.