June 4th 2019, 1-6pm, Zealong Tea Estate

Waikato Food Inc are on a mission to put our region on the foodie map! We’re inviting anyone and everyone involved in our regional development to come along to the upcoming Waikato Food Forum and hear more about ‘The Waikato Food Story’ that we are co-creating.

The Waikato region is rich with a food culture worth talking about and celebrating. We believe now is the time to start galvanising this culture and local food ‘story’ by inviting key stakeholders as well as those in the industry along to turn the tide and begin a strategic conversation around working together.

Held at the beautiful Zealong Tea Estate, the day will be facilitated by Angela Clifford, CEO of ‘Eat New Zealand’. A movement initiated by chefs and people in the business of food with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of edible resources available in New Zealand. For more information on Eat New Zealand and why we are partnering with them click here

We’ll also have guest speakers Sarah Meikle, CEO of Visa Wellington on a plate and Wendy Voegelin, Growth Programme Specialist of Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development. They will be offering insight into the successes of their regional food stories and events.

We’re enlisting the help of everyone dedicated to seeing our region thrive and who want to know more about what we at Waikato Food Inc all about and how you or your organisation could partner with us.

We are also welcoming existing industry members of Waikato Food Inc and those who are interested in joining but want to know more. This will be an afternoon of getting our best movers and shakers in one room alongside our food and hospitality industry members.

We will host a panel discussion and hear from those involved in the economic, social and cultural development of our region as well as other activities. We’ll also be holding our AGM at 5.30pm, voting on new board members and electing a new chairperson.

Afternoon tea, drinks and evening canapés will be provided. This event is open to all those in the Waikato Food and Hospitality industry and key stakeholders in the economic, social and cultural development of our region.


“Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora te manuhiri.
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.”

Venue kindly provided by

Eat New Zealand

Angela Clifford

Angela is the CEO of Eat New Zealand, and is committed to putting New Zealand Food on the world map.

She is also the Managing Director of Tongue in Groove Wines in North Canterbury, and has had wine business roles in both Australia & New Zealand over the last 20 years.

She was the co-founder of Summer of Riesling in New Zealand, a board member of Pinot Noir NZ (NZ Wine’s biggest event), and the Canterbury representative for the NZ Sommeliers & Wine Professionals Association. She originally established the Barossa Farmers Market, was vice-chair of the NZ Farmers Market Association and founded Waipara Valley NZ , the Forage North Canterbury, Lamb & Pinot Dinner and Truffle Day Out wine and food events.

Angela is also the co-owner of an organic permaculture CSA property The Food Farm, with her husband and three children. She knows how to milk a cow in a paddock, gut a chicken, find porcini and grow field tomatoes. These are her proudest accomplishments to date.

To learn more about Eat New Zealand click here
To listen to Angela’s most recent interview with Radio New Zealand click here