This year we have combined our Seminar Series and Inspiration in the Kitchen Cooking Demonstrations to create the 'Off The Beaten Track Theatre'!

Here you will be informed and inspired by our expert exhibitors as they present on topics such as unique camping spots within our beautiful country, to touring Australia's hot spots!

In between seminars you will then be delighted by chef Shannon Katipa as he teaches you meals best suited for your trips away.

View our 2016 Schedule below.



We are happy to announce that the chef joining us in 2016 to inspire you is, Shannon Katipa!

Current Chef Tutor at Wintec and Chief Judge for the 2016 Waikato Culinary Fare, Shannon is no stranger to the big stage.  2 Time Runner up for New Zealand Chef of the Year, and 3 time Finalist on the Monteiths Wild Food Challenge including the Televised series in which fellow local Industry Superstar Andrew Clarke featured on, Several Beef and Lamb Awards and even former Waikato Chef of the Year in his earlier years.  He credits his success as a Chef to Sacrifice, Commitment, Determination and Dedication which is something he is trying to ingrain into the younger crop of cooks coming through.

Last year saw Shannon train 8 top Wintec students to compete at the New Zealand Culinary Fare and all 8 came back with medals and massive smiles on their faces.

My food philosophy… “simply, love what you do and treat the humble ingredients with the respect they deserve” and have fun!



Friday - Sunday

Travel Tips for a Motorhome Adventure in Australia - Gallivanting Oz

Travelling around Australia in a motorhome is a great adventure - whether you’re planning on visiting Tasmania, cruising the stunning WA coastline with its turquoise waters, heading north to Darwin to see the tropical and lush Top End or perhaps exploring the diverse state of Queensland. But do you know when is the best time to go, where to go, or even what type of vehicle would best suit you? Pop along to a free info session to hear Belinda, the motorhoming guru from Gallivanting Oz. She’ll provide you with great insights on these routes, and pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to exploring Australia, hiring a camper or joining one of their popular escorted motorhome tours.  This session suits both newbies and those that have already had a taste and want more!

Shannon Katipa Cooking Demonstration

Friday: Chicken Quesadilla, Chipotle & Guacamole | Charred Corn, Coriander & Lime Salad | Hot Chocolate & Chilli Pots
Saturday: Open Steak Sandwich, Smoked Paprika | Caramelised Onions, Blue Cheese Aoili w Roquette Leaves | Ciabatta
Sunday: Duo of Duck: Sticky 5 Spiced Duck Breast w Mandarin and Miso Caramel | Asian Slaw | Smoked Duck Breast, Candied Baby Carrots, Kumara, Greens

Let us get you 'Off the Beaten Track' Seminar

Ready to interact with a side of New Zealand that you don’t normally see?.... Let us get you ‘Off the Beaten Track
Enjoy this informative introduction to landowners and holidaymakers!  Discover a world of shared experiences.  Learn more about these unique holiday destinations, which sees landowners sharing their piece of paradise, and delivering to holidaymakers, a slice of New Zealand that they would never otherwise find. Plenty of time to ask questions and discover the New Zealand you never knew existed.

Shannon Katipa Cooking Demonstration

Friday: Crispy Skinned Fish, Mango Chilli Lime Salsa | Quinoa, Broccoli, Almond, Goji Berry Salad
Saturday: Trio Of Sliders: Pork w Cranberry and Brie | Venison, Beetroot Chutney and Kumara | Cajun Chicken, Garlic Yoghurt, Pickled Cucumber | Matched with a Hand Squeezed Lemonade
Sunday: Sweet Corn and Bacon Fritters, w Spiced Kumara Puree | Chive Mascapone, Sweet Chilli and Capsicum Jam | Poached Egg


Electric Vehicles - Driving the Future Seminar

This session will talk about the facts and the myths around electric vehicles and features a mini-documentary on the fledging New Zealand electric vehicle (EV) sector and how it all started in Whangarei in 2014. Find out how the sector is literally taking off and now spreading through the wider EV fraternity throughout New Zealand… enjoy the journey! EV owners will be presenting every day and managing one of the exhibition stands to answer all your questions.