Culture-vultures are in for a feast

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Highbrow entertainment is on the menu at this year’s Winter Festival. 

As well as the usual round of pop gigs and glam parties, a distinctive element of “grace and style” is being brought to the bash. 

Opera buffs will be treated to a performance by US tenor and former New York cop Daniel Rodriguez – aka the singing policeman – who stages his show Pop to Pagliacci at the American Express Ice Box on June 30. 

There are plenty of other classy events lined up too … from fashion to food … and classical music. 

“We wanted to cater for those people who like to frock-up and add a bit more sophistication to their festival experience,” Winter Fest boss Simon Green says. 

Dancing

What: Lindauer Masquerade Ball
Where: Millennium Hotel
When: Saturday, June 26, 7pm
Cost: $159*R18 

Its glitz and glamour all the way – the Ball is the night where costumes are advised, masks are mandatory and dancing is compulsory. 

A superb cabaret show will whisk you away to the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris while fantastic back-to-back live entertainment is sure to get you out of your seat and get your groove going on, which is what the Masquerade Ball is all about. 

Reserve Lindauer will be served on arrival, followed by a French-inspired three-course menu and beverages to complement. 

The best dressed will be duly and handsomely rewarded so get glammed up and get ready to celebrate, Queenstown-style. 

Classical music

What: Michael Hill International Violin Competition Recital
Where: Memorial Hall
When: Sunday, June 27, 5pm
Cost: From $10* 

Festival hits a high note with a stunning musical performance by violin superstar and 2009 winner of the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition, 23-year old Czech Josef Spacek, who is joined by legendary New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun. 

This will be a night to remember.

Celebrity cooking

What: Millbrook and Brown
Where: Millbrook Resort
When: Monday, June 28, noon
Cost: $129* 

Back by popular demand for the third year, TV chef Al Brown brings his skills, experience and dry wit to this live show in the surroundings of Millbrook Resort. 

Expect top kitchen secrets, delicious aromas and a four-course menu to taste – all superbly matched with Gibbston Valley Wines. 

It’ll be an afternoon to savour, showcasing some of our finest local produce.

Fashion

What: Lindauer Ladies Fashion Afternoon
Where: American Express Ice Box
When: Monday, June 28, 1pm
Cost: $39* 

Get ready to celebrate with the ladies who were part of the 12-week Fitness and Fashion Challenge. 

There’ll be complimentary bubbles, fashion and gorgeous goodie bags so grab a bunch of girlfriends and book a ticket for a great afternoon.