We're excited to see a whole host of new restaurants and bars opening around Christchurch. There are also a number of events to look forward to in the city in the coming months just in time to coincide with the warmer weather and longer days.
New Zealand IceFest
New Zealand’s first IceFest opens on Friday 14 September and runs for a month. With over 65 mostly-free events taking place over the course of the festival, there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival opens with an Antarctic 100 Years dinner, a four-course “Antarctic”-inspired meal commemorating 100 years of the Christchurch-Antarctica relationship. Compered by MC Mike McRoberts from TV3 and with celebrity chefs preparing cuisine inspired by the icy continent, this event is sure to be the highlight of the festival. An event for the whole family to enjoy is the Antarctic Centre Field Camp, where visitors enter the Ice Station and set up camp with real Antarctic camping gear, including pyramid tents and EWC (Extremely Warm Clothing in Antarctic-speak). Activities and games will keep you and your family entertained while you learn about life in Antarctica. Christchurch Airport Antarctic Air Day also sounds both fun and informative - you can help inspect the United States Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft before they head down to the ice. You will be shown inside the aircraft by USAF and RNZAF staff. Of course no IceFest would be complete without a skating rink. Head down to the STATE Ice Rink in Hagley Park for the chance to skate and get into the spirit of the Festival. The rink is open between 10am and 10pm on certain days - check out the New Zealand IceFest website for information on days on the rink is open plus more information on festival timetable and events.
Burst into Spring!
Burst into Spring! is an event presented by the Christchurch Garden City Trust in honour of the arrival of spring. On Sunday 16 September head down to the Daffodil Woodlands in Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens from 12.30 to enjoy local musicians performing in a beautiful outdoor setting. Before the event begins there will be roving entertainers and free face painting. The colourful array of musicians performing over the course of the afternoon includes a Dixie Band, Big Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Barbershop Quartet. BYO picnic, rugs and chairs and celebrate the new season. For more information go to the Festival of Flowers website.
Great West Coast Whitebait Festival
The inaugural Great West Coast Whitebait Festival on October 20 looks set to serve up some delights. Brought to you by the same team who run the successful annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, they’ve decided to deliver a taste of the Coast to Christchurch’s Cramner Square for a day, bringing with them nearly half a tonne of whitebait. Along with cooking up these precious little white fish to eat, there will be cooking demonstrations, wine matching, beer and wine stalls and loads of entertainment. Head to the Great West Coast Whitebait Festival website for more information.
The Food Show
The popular national food and wine event The Food Show is coming to Christchurch for the weekend of 14-16 September. Head to CBS Arena over the weekend to stock up on the best food, drink, ingredients and kitchen equipment as well as taste some delicious food! With the huge variety of cooking demonstrations by a number of celebrity chefs such as Josh Emett, Al Brown and Annabelle White, you can learn how to cook favourites such as roast chicken or crepes like a pro and impress your family and friends.
The Body Festival
The annual Body Festival kicks off on September 21st and runs until October 14. There are a huge variety of performance events featuring top dancers from New Zealand and around the world in a number of genres including burlesque, contemporary dance and hip-hop. As well as performance, other events include film screenings, 'have a go' workshops and community events. Some of the innovative community events on offer are the Dance Box located in Re:Start Mall, where you have a dance lesson of your choice, Speed Dancing in Ohoka and Rangiora, or the Silent Disco, where dancers wear headphones and dance to DJ beats, but onlookers hear nothing. For a full list of what's on visit The Body Festival website.