Pete Coates is the Beverage Manager and Cocktail Bartender at the Cod & Lobster Brasserie. Following a long period as a barista in Auckland & Nelson, Pete moved behind the bar and showed an immediate aptitude for it. Along with Nick he was a member of Team NZ at the 42below Cocktail Earth Cup in 2016 and his cocktail 'Professor Plum in the Ballroom with a Broken Heart' was a semi-finalist in the NZ round of the Diplomatico World Tournament 2017. Pete also works as a professional actor and was recently seen in 'Maungatapu' at the Nelson Arts Festival 2017 and 'The Man Who Was Thursday', awarded Best Solo, Best Direction and Overall Best of Fringe at Nelson Fringe 2018
Gabe Cook AKA The Ciderologist
My name is Gabe Cook and I am The Ciderologist. I have a passion for cider and perry which has enabled me to work across the cider industry for the last decade, in the UK, New Zealand and now all around the world.
I've worked for all sizes and types of cider maker, from a traditional farmhouse producer, all the way up to the world's largest. Along the way I've made cider, developed cider, advocated cider and judged at National and International cider competitions across 3 continents. I've even presented a bottle of cider to the Queen. You could say I know my apples.
I am a global consultant, writer, broadcaster and educator on all matters cider. It is my mission to celebrate the heritage, diversity and innovation within the cider category. I believe that cider can have as much finesse and elegance as any wine and as much boldness and character as any craft
beer and I want the world to know!
I am thrilled to be a part of The New Zealand Cider Festival 2018 and l am incredibly looking forward to seeing all the fabulous cider makers in Nelson in November.
"Cider is undergoing a global renaissance, but it's not being driven by markets with old, established cultures, like the UK or France. It is being driven by 'New World' nations, such as the USA, Australia and, of course, New Zealand. Although lacking a longstanding cider heritage and tradition, New Zealand more than makes up for this with innovation, expert wine making and brewing skill and some good old Kiwi entrepreneurialism. As a result, some of the most exciting, clever and tasty ciders in the world are being produced right here in Aotearoa."
-Gabe Cook ‘The Ciderologist’
Trevor FitzJohn is an artisan cider maker in Wairarapa. Originally from UK he has a heritage in cider drinking! Trevor and his wife created TeePee Ciders to explore making West Country Cider from the Golden Age here in Aotearoa. Using West Country cider and Perry cultivars predominantly Kingston Black and secondary fermentation, these ciders are over 2 years in aging. Trevor has extensively researched cider making and the Royal Society and its application to Champagne.
Trevor will talk on ‘The Golden Age of British Cider Making’
Locally born owner and head chef of The Smoking Barrel Restaurant & Café, Josiah Smits, brings together techniques of authentic American low and slow smoked BBQ and the flavours of quality, fresh NZ ingredients. Combining wood smoke, fire and chargrill, his Motueka restaurant has quickly become popular for good reason. Josiah is excited to share the flavours he is passionate about and will be incorporating his smoked specialties with 2018 award winning ciders to bring you dishes that will be sure to make your mouth water!