Food festival to heat up Nelson winter


Nelsonians are being encouraged to brave the cold this winter and come along to ‘Feast the Senses,’ a month-long dining out event which has been developed by Uniquely Nelson.

The promotion, which runs over July, will feature some of Nelson’s finest restaurants and six ‘movable feasts’ which allow diners to enjoy three different courses in three different restaurants.

Diners can also accumulate stamps when they spend more than $10 at a Nelson cafe or restaurant and go in the draw to win dining prizes. Also on offer will be ‘Illuminate’ which will feature illuminated art around 27 of the city’s shop windows.

To round the month off, Old St Johns will offer three concerts for the ‘Deep in the Bleak’ musc festival.

Uniquely Nelson manager Cathy Madigan says that she saw a real

need for a winter event in the city with the Light Nelson Festival and Winter Music Festival not happening this year, and developed the promotion based on similar events she had seen while living in Melbourne.

“This will be a real first for Nelson, and we’re planning on making it an annual thing” she says. “It’s a great opportunity for locals to get out and enjoy dining in the city.” Cathy says that she is hoping to work collaborativey with Light Nelson and the Winter Music Festival in 2016.

Illuminate has been designed specifically to become a feature of Light Nelson Festival and bring the festival beyond Queens Gardens and into the city.

Tickets for the movable feasts are selling quickly, with three of the six moveable feasts sold out already. For tickets to the Moveable Feasts visit and for more on the festival see