Guests of Vintage Kāpiti 2010 will be stepping back in time on Saturday 21 August and taking a vintage steam train from Wellington to Ōtaki for a long, relaxed, nostalgic, lunch.

Organiser, Graeme Harris of Kāpiti Olives says “This is the way dining was meant to be.”

Semi formal with just a touch of decadence, guests will indulge in a Mediterranean style spread in an historic building that is being converted from an old dairy factory into a stunning Tuscan style hotel, restaurant and events centre, called The Milk Station.

Being run as part of the Wellington on a Plate festival, the event will showcase the region’s best local produce and the release of the new season’s Ohau Gravels wine. The 5 course lunch will be prepared by award winning Kāpiti chef, Simon Wislang.

“Over 30 local businesses have gotten in behind this event and are providing products and services free of charge. It’s been fantastic the support we’ve received and the enthusiasm of everyone involved” said Mr Harris.

With the train stopping at most stations on the way out there are plenty of opportunities for guests to jump on board but with only 250 tickets available organisers are expecting the event to sell out fast.

Tickets went on sale last week and according to Mr Harris sales are going well. For more details and to register go to www.kapitivintage2010.co.nz

Family, fabulous food, full steam ahead!

A great family alternative to the Kāpiti Vintage event is to board the steam train at Ōtaki and head up to Palmerston North.

“Once the Kāpiti Vintage guests have disembarked at Ōtaki, the train needs to go to Palmerston North to turn around, so rather than having an empty train, we thought it would be a great opportunity for families to experience a steam ride at an affordable price,” said Mr Harris.

“Not only do guests get the great experience of the steam train ride at an affordable price but the ticket also includes a delicious lunch and beverages. Free range chicken from Turk’s Poultry Farm, Kāpiti Cheese, Ohau Gravels wine, Tuatara Beer and CoralTree Organic Juices are just some of what the guests can look forward to.”

For more details and to register go to www.freerangetrain.co.nz. Tickets are on sale now and are limited.