Food Tastes Like it Should in NZ: How culinary events can bring communities together and visitors over

July 13, 2022

Grab your favorite NZ pickle beer because and find out!

Join hosts Arica Sears and Jane Connelly as they sit around the virtual table with one of New Zealand’s most recognized culinary tourism professionals Sarah Meikle. Sarah is the Festival Director of New Zealand's largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate and speaks to the power of culinary events. In addition to bringing more visitors in the off season, can events also be a place for innovative food launches? Can gathering around a culinary event also help communities develop their international identities? Only on ASPN.

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Jane Connelly & Arica Sears

Jane Connelly is a culinary tourism activator and all around bon vivant. Jane strives to preserve and promote local foodways and culinary heritage through the development of community based tourism and to open people’s eyes to the wonders of the world’s gastronomy while observing and preserving culture, customs and the planet. Arica Sears is a destination management aficionado and social steward. She supports coastal ecosystems, cultural heritage and local identities by aligning community priorities with tourism opportunities while also encouraging moonshot goals and out-of-the-box thinking from the tourism industry.