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Tuesday, 27 May 2008


For information about Slow Food Membership, please see the International Slow Food website.

Or email our Committee Member responsible for Membership (Sally Woolhouse)

Once you join the international organisation (a portion of your membership fee comes back to support local Slow Food Marlborough Convivium) you can select to be a part of the Slow Food Marlborough Convivium - or another Convivium more appropriate for your location and interests if you prefer.

At this time, you do not need to be a member of the international organisation to participate in Slow Food Marlborough events, though we recommend it and encourage it. As well as supporting the international movement and receiving quality publications from them, financial membership will give you preferential access to Slow Food Marlborough activities (many sell out) and/or free or discounted particiaption (non-members will pay a higher price to participate).

After less than 18 months in existence (at September 2009) Slow Food Marlborough is the third largest Convivium in New Zealand. As we continue to grow, we may need to limit participation in our activities to members of the international organisation, though we will endeavour to remain as inclusive as possible.

About Us

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable.Today, we have over 100,000 members in 132 countries.

Upcoming Slow Food Events


WHEN:              WEDNESDAY 1 December @ 5-30pm to 7-30pm

                                                    Corner Old Renwick Road and Rene Street
Members  $5-00 per person
Non Members $15 per Person
RSVP Monday 29 November to
Come along and enjoy  a cool bubbly with fresh tasty strawberries and cream
View the large strawberry growing glasshouses and learn about how Ian and Mary have developed their iconic fresh strawberries. Hear their story, view a video, play patanque and chat with fellow Slow Food enthusiasts  
Sample a strawberry directly from the vine
Try a chocolate coated strawberry
Relax for a couple of hours before Xmas hits 

Thanks again to Herzog for putting on one of Slow Food Marlborough's most popular events - a true highlight of our annual calendar of activities.

This year enjoy a cooking demonstration by Herzog's wonderful chefs as they prepare lunch with fresh seasonal ingredients,  a vineyard and winery tour and finish with a long lunch - enjoying what you've seen prepared earlier, with a glass of Herzog's fine wine.

13 November from 10.30, with lunch from 12 noon to 2.00 pm - more details attached.

Numbers are strictly limited to 40 people, and until 5 November, we will only be taking bookings from members. 

Cost is $25 for members and $40.

RSVP please to Samantha Young at Herzog - or ph 572 8770.

From Thistle to Table - Globe Artichoke Cooking Demonstration 

5 pm until 7 pm
Monday, 18 th October ( rain date: Wed 20th)
Marlborough Slow Food is proud to announce our monthly October Food Activity and invite all to join us in celebrating the humble yet very tasty Globe Artichoke. Available in season for about three months of the year this Cooking demo and  tasting will certainly inspire you to use the Globe Artichoke more !

Tim Newsham and Kerry Raeburn will host this feast of Artichokes at 72 Ferry Road, Spring Creek  (last driveway on the right before the Ferry Bridge).  Learn how to prepare and unlock the Globe Artichokes secrets the easy way.    Artichokes are  highly regarded in Italy, France, North Afica and California and yet are more likely to be  put in  floral displays than eaten  in NZ.  Local Chefs Piero Rocco and Chris Fortune will educate and tempt you to use the Globe Artichoke in ways that will make you come back for seconds and thirds.

Slow food members are free and $10 for all other participants.  RSVP by 13 th October to 

BEC Luxury Lodge - Italian Wine Tasting

81 Cob Cottage Rd

6-8pm, Wednesday 11 August

Italy is the birthplace of the international Slow Food Movement. For
Slow Food Marlborough's August event, Sarah and Dave Anderson from BEC
Luxury Lodge will host Simon Kelly from Lubrication Wines for an
evening of Italian food and wine delights.  Simon will take guests
through a formal but fun tasting of 6 special Italian wines - 1 white
and 5 reds. After the tasting, mingle and enjoy Italian-styled nibbles
in the wonderful setting overlooking Blenheim and Cloudy Bay.

Limited to 24 guests - Slow Food financial members will receive
priority for bookings.

$15 for members, $25 for non-members - to cover wine costs.

Some bottles retail for up to $80, so this is a great opportunity to
taste some special wines (available at favourable prices on the night)
and great value too.

Please RSVP to Sarah Anderson:

Sunday 25 July, from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm

Clos Henri Vineyard, 639 State Highway 63, West Coast Rd, RD1 Blenheim

$5 Slow Food International Members, $15 otherwise - to cover the selection of special meats from The Village Butcher, Blenheim.
BYO salads, bread, refreshments, glasses, crockery and cutlery.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel 
Join us to recognise and celebrate

Marlborough’s local food producers and Matariki.

Friday 18 June 2010, from 5.30pm
Barrel Hall, Marlborough Vintners’ Hotel
190 Rapaura Rd
$50 per person

BYO wine, cash bar also available
Three course, set menu
featuring local Marlborough produce.

Marlborough Farmers’ Market Awards presentation.
TICKETS LIMITED - get yours now by contacting:

Sue Gibbs - 
 Sally Woolhouse- 

What is Matariki?
Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters;  and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New
When is the Maori New Year?
The Maori new year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. This next occurs on 5 June 2008.
What does Matariki mean?
Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars; Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).
Why is Matariki important?
Traditionally, depending on the visibility of Matariki, the coming season's crop was thought to be determined. The brighter the stars indicated the warmer the season would be and thus a more productive crop. It was also seen as an important time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.

Please RSVP for catering purposes:

JULY EVENT - Bastille Day
 14 th  July
Mid September Garden Tour 

Mid October  - Globe Artichokes

2010 Events


Seresin Estate is hosting a special event for Slow Food Marlborough, Saturday 10 April at their Home Vineyard.   

Suitable for the whole family - have a go at milking Seresin's house cow, make butter and cream to enjoy with freshly baked scones and organic preserves.   Get up close and personal with a bee-hive in the Seresin Estate orchard - learn how Seresin manages it's hives and enjoy some recently-harvested honey to enjoy with scones too.

Saturday 10 April
8.45 am, for 9am start
Seresin Estate Home Vineyard
Enter at 85 Bedford Rd, Renwick, go up the drive, turn left at the top (away from the winery and cellar door) and carry on to the vineyard buildings.
Concludes with morning tea at 10 - 10.30 am.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:

2009 Events

Thursday 10 December, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Marlborough Vintners' Hotel
Rapaura Rd

The very first Terra Madre Day is being held on 10 December - celebrating Slow Food International's 20th anniversary and to recognise the importance of supporting local food producers.

To recognise the day, as part of events happening all over the world, Slow Food Marlborough is holding a “Marlborough Mad Hatter's Tea Party”.  Bring some locally produced food and drink, and enjoy it in the relaxed setting on the patio and under the cherry trees at Marlborough Vintners Hotel.

There will be a treasure hunt and local berries and cherries supplied for children - and maybe even some locally produced chocolates - so bring along your children, or someone else's !

This is a Sun-Smart event, supported by the Marlborough Cancer Society and Cancer Society representatives will be judging - with a Slow Food prize for the ‘Maddest hat’. 

It's also a chance to 'take a breather' and slow down before the Christmas rush, and in keeping with the season, we'll be collecting food donations and gold-coin donations for charity.

Thursday 10 December, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Marlborough Vintners' Hotel
Rapaura Rd

BYO Food and Refreshments
Marlborough food, drinks, and ingredients please.

As much as we're pleased to see Herzog open again for the season, we're also looking forward to another wonderful Slow Food event at Herzog next month.

Join Hans and Therese, their 2009 Head Chef, Boris Meyer and his team in the kitchen, for a morning dedicated to fish. Learn the art of filleting a whole fish, and go through 3 recipes showing different, delicious ways to use the finished product. Guests will receive recipes, enjoy time with the chefs and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of Herzog's kitchen, restaurant, vineyard, winery, barrel room, cellar door and bistro. 
What better way to finish than by enjoying some of Herzog's stunning wines - courtesy of Hans and Therese Herzog.
Numbers are limited, and last year's event at Herzog was a 'sell-out', so be quick to RSVP. Places will be confirmed on a first-paid-first-in basis. 
Free for Slow Food Members
$20 for non-members (payment is required before the event) - with all funds going to support Slow Food Marlborough.

Saturday 14 November
Herzog Winery & Restaurant, 81 Jeffries Road, Blenheim
9.00 - 10.30 am with Herzog wines afterwards. Make a lunch reservation if you want to linger.
With thanks to Hans and Therese for their support of Slow Food Marlborough and their sponsorship of this event.
To RSVP and arrange payment contact:  Sue Gibbs:, Ph 03 520 8270.
(Slow Food Members, no need to RSVP to Sue if you've already RSVP'd)

OCT 3rd Compost Preparation and BYO buffet/picnic

Commencing at 3 pm
Neville and Sharon White invite the Marlborough Slow Food group to a overview of there small heritage fruit and vegetables property to which they are applying organic and bio dynamic principles. They very much believe in local, fresh, quality, tasty, produce and sell at the Marlborough Farmers' market
One Group will participate in compost production, the other would look at the plants and the bio dynamic applications that they are applying . Each session would go for 1-00 to 1-30 hours and then the visitors would swap over.
Towards 5-30pm we would adjourn for a wine and buffet BYO Tea. If the weather is good the idea would be to enjoy the social activity in amongst the eucalypt trees and seated on hay bales to the tunes of the many birds we are lucky enough to enjoy.
Please bring a plate to be share - BYO
For more information and to book your place please contact  

Address is 17 Gibsons Road off Kaituna Tuamarina Track.
Pass through Renwick on State Highway 6 heading toward Nelson
Cross the Wairau River just past Rapaura Road
The State Highway sweeps left after crossing the river with the Kaituna Tuamarina Track coming off to the right.
Travel down Kaituna / Tuamarina Road for 3.8 kms
Gibsons Road is on the left. We are approx 100 meters from this corner on the left. 

Dear Slow Food lovers,

After a fantastic Oysters event and with spring knocking on our doors, we have now thought about getting back in the gardens. Spring sounds like barbecues, simple fresh food that doesn’t necessarily require a lot of cooking. So what is better than few herbs to lift the profile of your fresh products? We invite you to join us at Thymebank next Thursday where Martin will take us through the plantation aspects and tips. Being a chef himself he will give us few hints on cooking with herbs as well.

Bring some bread or crackers and dips - using your favourite herbs - and if you feel like sharing your special recipes, we’ll all be up for it!

Where: Thymebank - 31 Hammerichs road, RD2 Blenheim

When: Thursday the 3rd of September at 4.30pm

Getting Savvy with Oysters!
The July Slow Food Event

When -Thursday 30th July 2009
Venue – Raupo CafĂ© (down by Riverside in town)
Time - 6pm
Cost - $10.00 members: $15.00 non members (pay on evening)

Farmed Bluff Oysters in the Marlborough Sounds!!! These are one of the next big gourmet things to come out of Marlborough, and have been a 20 year project for Bruce Hearn, a long time mussel farmer from the region. Not yet released onto the market, and in very limited numbers, you can get a chance to taste these delights, freshly shucked, and perfectly matched with a glass of Marlborough ‘Savvy’. Those lucky enough to have tried them describe them as having all the flavour of the wild oyster but with a denser, meatier texture. Bruce and his wife Jill will be there to tell the story and to also demonstrate the art of oyster opening. It has been planned to make this an interactive demo so those of you interested can have a go. Helen and Marcel will also have the bar open for any additional drinks purchases.

Numbers for this popular event are limited, with first preference given to paid up members and thereafter on a first in basis. Please RSVP by 28th July 2009

This month we have a "Grovetown Roadtrip" - details as follows:

Tuesday 30th June
4.30pm - Meet at Uncle Joe's Nuts, 39 Rowley Cresent, Grovetown
5.30pm - Annies fruit leathers State Highway 1, Grovetown RD3 Blenheim
6.30pm - Grovetown Country Tavern for nibbles and drinks

$5 Slow Food Marlborough Members, $10 non-members
Please RSVP for catering purposes - pay on the day.

4.30pm-Uncle Joe's nut farm is in full swing, processing more than 30 tonnes of mainly walnuts and hazelnuts a season and dealing with about 150 suppliers around Marlborough. Their walnut oil won two gold awards in 2007 and 2008 at the Royal New Zealand Show, and their walnut spread recently picked up one of the top ten 2009 Cuisine Artisan Awards out of 90 entries. About 150 local people supply the Horwells with nuts. Hazelnuts are more rare, with only about three growers. Despite this, there is still not enough supply to meet the nut demand the couple's nut business generates, and the demand from buyers.

5.30pm -"Annies" family has been growing quality produce for over 100 years. The family purchased their property in 1898 and developed a business as an agricultural contractor and over the years the farm evolved from sheep and grain to vegetables, fruit and grape production with a small fruit and vegetable shop on the property. The Annies business was born in 1986 after Graeme Giles bought his wife Ann a small dehydrator and she began to experiment with converting apples into dried fruit leathers. What the family did not require in the shop, Ann started selling and soon demand outstripped the capacity of the dehydrator.

6.30 pm Grovetown Country Tavern for drinks and nibbles.

We look forward to seeing you then !


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