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Last modified: 26 Apr 2022 2:41pm

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The finest tastes of Selwyn will be celebrated over the month of May with the return of Taste Selwyn.

Selwyn is a pantry full of the freshest seafood, fruit, vegetables, grains and meats, with a huge variety of foods from water buffalo cheese, saffron, wasabi, micro greens and white truffles. Every year Taste Selwyn brings producers and Selwyn eateries together to create dishes with the freshest ingredients.

two men chink bottles in front of a corrugated iron sign with the word Aroha stenciled on it This year, 19 participating eateries will be turning out dishes for people to savour. There will also be opportunities for people to see behind the scenes and learn the secrets of making their own delicious dishes like the professionals, with cooking demonstrations and producer workshops.

Philip Caunter from Melton Estate says Taste Selwyn last year was a great success for them as they got to pair their wine with dishes from five different eateries, some which they had not worked with before.

He says the festival not only let the public have a taste of Selwyn, but it allowed producers to find new outlets for their products.
“We discovered some food producers through Taste Selwyn that we didn’t know about, including Poaka and Sovereign Salmon. It also gave me a good reason to talk to these people and try their products at the winery. It was worthwhile doing.”

For those over 18, there’s also an opportunity to win while enjoying your eating. Following on from the success of last year’s competition, people are being encouraged to take a photo of your dish and share it with us on Facebook and Instagram by using #tasteselwyn and tagging The photos go in the draw to win a Melton Estate Platter and wine-tasting among the vineyards, or spot prizes including a new range of Taste Selwyn collector tea towels.

Find more information on Taste Selwyn.