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Foodie events in the Waikato

Foodies will love the Waikato region for its wide array of fresh produce and gourmet foods. Plus, with gourmet events from food festivals to local markets, there is plenty to whet the appetite.

Waikato Farmers markets

Waikato Farmers markets are a great way to sample some of the region’s finest and freshest produce and to meet some of the people who produce the tasty food New Zealand is famous for.

Waikato Farmers Markets

Many Waikato towns have their own local market. The Farmers’ Market in Hamilton occurs every Sunday morning at 8 am Claudelands. This market began in 2006 with just 15 stallholders and has since blossomed to include everything from hand-crafted breads and pastries, freshly roasted coffee and artisan small goods to fresh seasonal berries, market garden produce and gourmet dog-treats. The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning at 8 am. Start your weekend by visiting the market and chatting with its local gourmet producers, then enjoy a picnic brunch or a stroll along the Waikato River which runs through the town.

The Pirongia market combines art, craft and food stalls, while the Te Awamutu Twilight Farmers’ Market offers everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to trees and seedlings. The Tamahere Market, held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8.30 combines crafts and local gourmet producers and the Hamilton night market, held in The Base car park every Friday night from 5 pm, has food stalls offering international cuisine, fashion and jewellery stalls, as well as live bands.

For more information, check out our Waikato Markets page.

The Kawhia Kai Festival

Kawhia Kai Festival, Kawhia

Held in February each year, on the scenic Kawhia foreshore, this must-see event showcases a feast of traditional Māori kai (food) such as the traditional hangi served in kono (flax serving basket). Visitors can also see artists working in traditional Māori art forms, such as flax weaving, cloak making, wood carving and stone sculpting.

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Great New Zealand Food Show

Great NZ Food Show, Hamilton

One of the top Hamilton attractions for foodies is the Great New Zealand Food Show, held in May each year. The show features cooking demonstrations by well-known local and national chefs and personalities.

Chefs also compete in an event where they have 20 minutes to create the most delicious dish as voted by the show audience, not to mention a variety of other great events, exhibitors and all things foodie over the weekend of the show.

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Gourmet in the Gardens

A visit to Gourmet in the Gardens ranks amongst the most fun things to do in Hamilton over summer. Started in 2015, this Sunday twilight food market held in the Hamilton Gardens runs from November to March.

Gourmet in the Gardens

Up to 30 food vendors set up stalls during the event and the choice of foods is impressive and eclectic. Whether it’s Jamaican, Korean, Argentinian or Vietnamese fare you’re into, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. And many of the vendors are chefs from around New Zealand.

Most of all, it’s a wonderful way to while away a Sunday evening, with people travelling regularly from around the Waikato region to partake. Take along a picnic blanket, share a platter of food and enjoy live music and children’s entertainment.

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Culinary Cambridge

Culinary Cambridge is a celebration of Cambridge’s local talent, food producers and eateries. From High Teas and Tapas, to Compost workshops, Beer education and organic farming tours! Come and see everything Cambridge has to offer. For a full list of events and how to book individual events visit

Feast Waikato

Feast Waikato

Feast Waikato celebrates the wonderful food in the Waikato region with events including dinners, lunches, collabs, pop-ups, open days, tours, talks and markets.

The event showcases some of the region’s best eateries, chefs and establishments, with opportunities to meet producers, creators and growers. This special event will also include great markets, workshops and classes, free movies, family activities and much more.

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