Q&A: Feast Marlborough Charitable Trust founding chair Fiona Fenwick

Feast Marlborough Charitable Trust founding chair Fiona Fenwick. Photo: Supplied.

What is Feast Marlborough?

Feast Marlborough is a Charitable Trust with the aim of sharing Marlborough’s fantastic food story - both to locals and visitors -  and showcasing the amazing produce and products that we create in this region. One of the ways in which we can do that is to hold quality food-focused events that shine a light on our food and those that create magic with it. Bayleys Friday Night Feast is a perfect example of a foodie event where everyone can taste the best of what our great region has to offer.

Are there any surprises that foodies can look forward to at this year’s Bayleys Friday Night Feast?

Absolutely! Each year we aim to bring something new to the event so that guests are always able to experience something different. We also throw down a challenge to our amazing local chefs to develop a unique dish using local produce that showcases several Marlborough food products and this is judged by a highly respected guest chef.

Marlborough has some amazing local food producers, if you could only eat one for a week which would you choose?

I’m going to cheat here and say that Marlborough’s produce compliments each other so well that I would create a grazing board of charcuterie, cheese, seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, black garlic, pickles, salmon, clams, mussels, crayfish, locally baked breads and crackers washed down with beautiful Marlborough wine - because grapes are a food group, right?!

In fact, that’s not just my week’s choice - I could eat off that every day of my life!

What is your favourite part of Bayleys Friday Night Feast?

I love seeing Blenheim buzzing with happy people eating great food and drinking great wine and other beverages under twinkly lights and a clear crisp Marlborough winter sky. I also love sharing this with visitors to the area so they get to experience what we have to offer.

How many meals are dished up through the course of the event?

It’s definitely in the thousands and that’s just from our event stalls. We also know that many of the local restaurants in town also have a great evening - serving up many more dishes to those who want to extend their evening in town.

How would you describe the event to someone who has never been?

Bayleys Friday Night Feast is a free, family friendly, foodie street festival with something for everyone who loves Marlborough’s great food and beverages. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a cool cocktail to match the food and listen to great music. There’s even a ‘ future foodie’ zone for our younger guests to burn off some energy and build up an appetite!

What is the future of Feast Marlborough and events like Bayleys Friday Night Feast?

Feast Marlborough aims to be in a position to hold more quality annual foodie events providing a platform for all areas of our food production. In doing this we can continue to help to tell Marlborough’s food story and support our food and beverage sector. There’s so much that can be done in this space and events like this are important in showcasing what our region has to offer.

Bayleys Friday Night Feast will be held on Friday 7th May from 3.30 pm - 8.30pm in the Blenheim Forum area.