Welcome To Waikato Food Inc.

Promoting all things foodie in the Waikato.

Waikato Food Inc is a not-for-profit group working together to develop a vibrant and cohesive network for food and beverage producers, retailers and consumers in our region.  We celebrate success, provide networking and professional development opportunities for business owners and their staff, help businesses participate at food shows, take chefs to meet local producers, advertise job vacancies in the hospitality world and host exciting events for foodies.

Our Vision:

  • To gain recognition of the Waikato region as a world-class food and beverage region.

Our Goals:

  • To celebrate and promote the excellence of Waikato food and beverage products and services.

  • To encourage and support producers and hospitality businesses to strive for excellence every day.

  • To create effective communication channels for information sharing, promotion, education and networking for food industry businesses and for interested consumers.

  • To organise and promote successful food-related events in the Waikato region.



Feast Waikato

Kicking off this April (2nd-5th) is the inaugural Feast Waikato.  With a series of food events; from dinners and lunches to0 tours, talks and markets, all celebrating the mighty Waikato this is a weekend to mark in the diary.

Matariki Dish Challenge

Back for its fifth year Waikato Food Inc’s tino reka te kai Matariki Dish Challenge is putting the Waikato and New Zealand cuisine on the map.  Each winter local chefs sharpen their knives and create a dish celebrating both Matariki (Maori New Year) and Waikato produce.

Ferment Fest 2019

Ferment Fest - Waikato's Artisan Beer, Cheese, and Fermented Food Festival

Now in its third year, Ferment Fest is the prelude to October, a month known around the world for a celebration of beer and coincides with New Zealand Cheese Month.

Home to several award-winning cheesemakers and of late many exciting craft brewers, FermentFest is a celebration of brewers, cheesemakers and fermented good makers.

You’ll be able to learn from their extensive knowledge, see demonstrations, try samples, listen to live music and more!

Melt Challenge

Known for our award winning cheese makers, soon it will also be the best cheese toasties in the land too.

This July, Waikato cafes will compete to see who can create the ultimate cheese toastie.