Touch of Spice
Queenstown-based creative event company Touch of Spice `wowed` the world`s top travel industry experts at the prestigious TRENZ 2013 Farewell function last week.
The luxury travel and event company fought off stiff national competition to work with the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) on the prestigious event which heralded the end of the country`s largest tourism trade exhibition in Auckland.
Bringing together a number of key boutique suppliers over the last few months, Touch of Spice created a uniquely New Zealand themed event which saw the 800 attendees celebrate the conference finale in style.
The company`s winning concept focused on the diversity of New Zealand`s exceptional gastronomic offerings as well as New Zealand made wines, beers and products
"We wanted to create a series of very different spaces that people could seamlessly walk through and discover the unique New Zealand vibe within each area," said Touch of Spice owner/director Jacqui Spice.
"Many of the TRENZ delegates are from overseas and this was the perfect opportunity to showcase our wonderful food, wine, beers, art and hospitality to a wide audience."
Throughout the night guests ambled with ease, sampling produce from every corner of the country including BBQ Harmony Free Range Pork Belly and `slow pulled pork` sliders, drunken oysters from Mahurangi, Waikato goats curd, Kapiti ice cream made to order and Coromandel green lipped mussels.
Renowned New Zealand chef Ben Bayly from The Grove Restaurant completed the culinary theme with a cooking demonstration and tasting, serving up Raukumara wild, red venison sausage rolls with prune and orange chutney and BBQ spit of grassfed Savannah Scotch Fillet of beef.
The superb food was accompanied by some of the country`s best wines and beers including tastings from Marlborough based Allan Scott wines and Akarua from Central Otago. Boutique brewery McCashins presented an interactive beer tasting session with their signature tipples including the Stoke Bomber Kiwi Pale Ale and Stoke Bomber Smoky Ale.
National Spirit Ambassador for Hancock`s in New Zealand, Matt Bradley, created four signature cocktails especially for the event. Guests chose from the Southern Alpine Fling, East West Connection, The Nutcase or non-alcoholic Pacific Nirvana cocktails, made with only the finest local produce.
Delegates also experienced Linden Leaves toiletries in the bathrooms, NZ Premium Water, fresh organic juice made to order using New Zealand grown fruit and vegetables and 830 Coffee, one of Auckland`s best known coffee roasters.
Skaaperelli Design also supplied unique beaded, fibreglass sheep for theming at the event, representing an iconic piece of New Zealand.
The evening wrapped up with an unforgettable acoustic performance by Kiwi music sensation Tiki Taane followed by local band The Dozen who had the crowd partying until closing time.
"To be able to showcase the different regions of New Zealand in this way was amazing," said Ms Spice.
"We couldn`t have done this without the support of the wonderful producers and brands.
The night went even better than I could have ever imagined.
"The world`s best travel industry professionals will go home with a real feeling of New Zealand life having sampled all the amazing things our country has to offer.
"The New Zealand exhibitors were also captivated with the array of amazing produce available right in their own backyard. It`s been a privilege to be involved."
TIA events and sponsorship manager Bronwyn Hollingsworth said Touch of Spice `rose to the challenge` and provided a "top quality, memorable New Zealand experience that exceeded expectations."
"We have received only positive feedback on the TRENZ farewell function, with its fabulous combination of entertainment, food and drink. There really was something for everyone," said Ms Hollingsworth.
"Touch of Spice has set the bar very high for future TRENZ events, delivering the farewell function to such an exceptional standard."
Autumn Update - Jacqui Spice
The trees are turning from green to gold now here in Queenstown as Autumn descends upon us. We can see a few snow covered peaks in the distance so it`s time to start thinking about which Touch of Spice Villa you are going to stay in for your winter ski vacation this year! Come down and join in the festivities over the Queenstown Winter Festival. Contact us today on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans.
We have collaborated with Eye Magazine and Luxury Holidays Magazine this year so you will find copies of their lovely mags in your Queenstown Villa this winter. When you book your stay you can order a case of your favorite Amisfield Wines and let us book you in to some of our favorite restaurants such as La Rumbla, Botswana Butchery, Saffron and Amisfield Winery.
I enjoyed a nice bottle of champagne and tapas recently at No.5, The Spire - I am definitely going back to sample some more of their fabulous cuisine! I was also lucky enough to have a lazy lunch at Eichardts and completely indulged in their famous Seafood Chowder. I think I need to watch I don`t go up a size this winter.
Our Touch of Spice events team have been busy this month with the 60th International Les Clefs d`Or Congress. We hosted over 300 delegates from around the world, staying at the Crowne Plaza and the Novotel. The delegates had the opportunity to enjoy everything that Queenstown has to offer, including wine tasting at Peregrine Vineyards, dinners at Skyline and AJ Hackett Bungy. A big thank you to all our partners who worked with us on this event.
We recently got a mention in the Orsini Jewelry blog thanks to owner Sarah Hutchison for our wedding planning services which was much appreciated - have you seen her gorgeous jewelry?
This month also sees us putting together a "money can`t buy" Queenstown experience for the Passion4Life Ball in Sydney on the 4th of May which is a charity that supports Brain Cancer research. I am looking forward to attending this event which is for Dr Charlie Teo`s Cure for Life Foundation Thank you to our valued partners The Spire, Eichardts, Over The Top, Black ZQN,The Hills Golf Course, Botswana Butchery, La Rumbla, RATA, Jervious Steakhouse and Amisfield Bistro and Winery for participating with us and enabling us to pull together such a fantastic experience.
Media Release April 8, 2013: Queenstown-based Touch of Spice has been selected as one of the world??s best luxury travel experts by influential magazine Cond? Nast Traveller.
Owner and CEO Jacqui Spice is the only New Zealander to be featured in the first edition of the UK magazine`s `little black book`, fittingly entitled `The Experts`.
The book is a veritable `who`s who` of the world`s travel industry, featuring what it calls "exceptional individuals who transform trips into adventures, who have the personal history and expertise, the stories and the access, to set them apart from all that is humdrum."
Ms Spice was handpicked by the Cond? Nast UK team for her dedication to seeking out the ultimate private escapes in New Zealand, the Pacific and Australia.
"Jacqui and her `cracking team of spies` are eternally on the prowl for hidden gems and sought-after activities. Privacy is her (Jacqui`s) forte, because that`s what she and her clients insist on," said editor Daisy Finer.
"She can arrange heli-skiing escapades, diving in the magical Bay of Islands and personalized shopping tours in party spot Queenstown, followed by teeing off while teetering on a mountain ledge."
"She also holds the key to a catalogue of swanky, shiny yachts and luxury villas set in vineyards."
Touch of Spice is New Zealand`s original and longest-established luxury concierge company specialising in creating bespoke holidays for their personal and corporate clients.
Carefully hand selecting activities, accommodation and unique experiences based on individual`s requirements, Ms Spice said they were "extremely knowledgeable" about New Zealand and their personalized service, valuable connections and exclusive suppliers were unrivalled in the industry.
"As one of the pioneers in luxury concierge services in New Zealand it`s an absolute privilege to have been chosen as one of the world`s expert travel specialists by such a prestigious publication", said Ms Spice.
"The Touch of Spice team and I are constantly searching for that distinctive villa, boat or home that`ll `wow` our clients and we`re always on the lookout for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that no-one else knows about."
The Expertsis billed as the ultimate guide to travel. It has been distributed with the April issue of Cond? Nast Traveller magazine in the UK as well as clients of prestigious private banking company Coutts.
The ipad-sized guide has tips and `must do`s` from around the world that it says people would normally receive from only their closest friends. The most unique experiences from across the globe are featured, from the world`s finest gastro experiences to the best places to quench a thirst, where to track down the most unusual art pieces to the quirkiest adventure guides, must-do shopping vacations and ultimate wildlife trips.
Touch of Spice has firmly established itself as the country`s leading luxury lifestyle company since its inception eight years ago in Queenstown.
"We pride ourselves on our dedicated and professional services and nothing is ever out of our reach. The word `No` simply isn`t in our vocabulary and we`ve conjured up even the most unusual requests for our clients," Ms Spice said.