12pm – 8pm * @ Waitangi Park, Wellington – Saturday 27th January
Wellington’s finest Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival is back to toast the Summer of 2018!
The festival brings together the best of local cuisines, matched with local wineries and breweries that reflect the best of summer – sun, outdoors, fine wine, delicious food, great music and fun with friends.
Live music is provided by some of Wellington’s (and NZ’s) top musicians to keep the festival alive. A selection of Wellington’s top restaurants will deliver exquisite dishes while the wine, cider and craft beer beverages will range from local to international brands. If you are not feeling like an alcoholic beverage or just want to try a fantastically unique creation, mocktails by the legendary Ray Letoa are also available.
Vendors can be view through the above tabs, with all beverage vendors have standardised drink prices as per the below list.
All food menus will be limited to a maximum price of $8.00, please see the individual vendor menus on their listings for what will be on offer (GF, DF, V available).
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband.
This is your payment system for the festival, and will be loaded with any currency you’ve pre-purchased with your ticket, or that you top up at the festival.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID. Wellington Wine and Food Festival is a restricted event, all patrons must be over 18 years of age. We are able to accept a New Zealand Driver’s License, a New Zealand or Foreign Passport, or a HANZ 18+ card as identification.
Festival gates are open from 12pm – 8pm, and if you want to be organised and hit the ground running you can purchase festival currency at the event, 30 mins before gates open.
Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.
Also please leave your animals, furniture and children at home, however you can bring blankets or picnic mats.
Wheel chair accessible.
As you enter, you’ll be given a Festival Glass and your Festival Guide. And then you’re good to go!
Wellington Wine and Food Festival is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and food vendors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival.
As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband will be loaded with any festival currency you’ve pre-purchased.
This year, you can pre-purchase $30 festival currency with your ticket, and this will save you the onsite $2 activation fee.
We strongly recommend purchasing currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute.
You will be able to purchase festival currency at the event, from 30 mins before gates open. Currency can be purchased with Cash (the fastest option), Eftpos or Credit Card.
Wrist Bands can be loaded with as many dollars as you prefer (one-off activation fee of $2 will be charged).
Alternatively, you can pre-purchase tickets that include $30 festival currency. Pre-purchased currency does not incur an activation fee.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to top up at the event, just head to one of our Top Up Stands / Banks or roaming Top Up Staff.
Once a Wristband has been activated, there is no further top-up charge.
If you don’t use all of your festival currency at the festival, never fear!
Festival currency refunds will be available at no charge at any of the festival banks and then online only from Monday 29th January to Sunday 18th February (midnight). Refunds will then be processed weekly, please note AWOP charges a 60c Bank Fee for all online refunds. Just make sure you hang on to your Event Wristband as you’ll need the number printed on it to claim your refund.
For more information on refunds and any associated costs, please visit www.awop.co.nz/refunds Refunds are now closed, thank you.
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.
White Wine Varietals (incl Rose)
Red Wine Varietals
Light Beer < 2.5%
Mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails)
Gin Experience – As a new feature for this year we will have a “Gin Experience” bar that will have a selection of surprise Gin & Tonic styled mixed beverages.
Mocktails – If you are not into alcohol or feel like a break we will have a Mocktail Bar run by Ray from the Roxy, serving non-alcoholic cocktails.
Free water will be available at stations throughout the festival. Remember to keep hydrated to make sure you can go the distance. Bottled water is also available for purchase.
All drinks are served in reusable festival glassware, if you lose your cup this will not be replaced – so keep these safe!
On entry ALL patrons receive a reusable wine glass free of charge.
All Beer & Cider served in a reusable beer cup, only $2 with your first purchase.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s most predominant & iconic musicians. She has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the upmost integrity & passion, not to mention her incredible live performances and powerhouse vocals.
In April 2016 Hollie released ‘Water or Gold’. It entered the New Zealand Charts at #1 sitting in the top 10 for 3 weeks. Hollie gained two New Zealand Music Award nominations for Best Album & Best Female Solo Artist.
This show sees Hollie Smith performing with her duo and this literally puts Hollies voice out there to be soaked up and really appreciated.
3:30pm - 4:45pm
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Originally hailing from the South Island, Tyson Smith has been based in Wellington for the last decade after various musical meanderings overseas.
He has worked as a guitarist with acts ranging from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to vocalist Hollie Smith, before focusing on his own music in the last few years.
Featuring Ed Zuccollo (Trinity Roots) on synthesizer and Rick Cranson (Little Bushman) on drums, The Tyson Smith Group performs unique, original music combining elements of rock, blues, folk, world music and freeform improvisation.
6:45pm - 8:00pm
Newtown Rocksteady released its first full length album, ‘East of the Tasman’ in December. The release coincides with the band’s 10 year anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s rocksteady craze. They are on tour to promote its release from December to January.
‘East of the Tasman’ is a milestone for Newtown Rocksteady. It’s their first full-length album after ten years together as a band and has been a collaborative effort throughout its production. Penned by various members of the band, the songs were recorded in-house on their ‘new’ ’70’s analog mixing desk by bass player Mike Duffy and mixed and mastered by the same. The songs range from straight up, horn-heavy ska through lovers’ rock and classic rocksteady to dark spacey reggae.
This summer is the band’s 10th anniversary as mentioned. It is also the 50th anniversary of the rocksteady craze that swept Jamaica from ’66 to ’68 and of ’67’s summer of love. This is Newtown Rocksteady’s summer of love. The temperature’s up, and the prodigal sons are returning. Chris Winwood, lead vocals, and Thomas Owen, saxophone and vocals are returning from living in Paris and the Yukon respectively for the love of rocksteady music and the enthusiastic audiences that attend Newtown Rocksteady shows. That equates to the full complement of 13 musicians on stage mustering all the lustre at their disposal.
Wellington Wine & Food Festival is a licenced liquor event operating under strict regulations. We reserve the right to refuse entry if suitable photo ID cannot be presented on request.
We reserve the right to remove any individuals from the festival whose behaviour prevents other visitors from having a good time. Unacceptable behaviour includes, but isn’t limited to, intoxication, fighting and rudeness.
Alcohol sales are closed strictly 30mins before the end of the festival, an announcement will be made reminding you know that sales are going to end.
Some other general house keeping rules to be aware of are:
• No Pass Outs (once you leave the festival you wont be allowed back in).
• No furniture, animals, minors, food or drink can be brought into the festival.
• You can bring blankets or picnic mats
• Alcohol cannot be taken outside the festival.
• The postponement day as per the terms and conditions is Sunday 28th January.
• Remember sunscreen, sun hats, rainwear (if required) and warm clothing (no pass outs).
• If you lose your festival glass this will not be replaced.
• Gates will open 30 mins before the festival starts to allow AWOP top ups.
• Safe transport options home will be available, if you need a taxi or uber please ask any staff member.
• Wheel Chair accessible.
• Use the correct lane on entry to the festival, to speed up your experience.
Promotional photos and video will be taken at the festival and by purchasing a ticket and / or attending the event you give permission for your likeness to be used by Wellington Wine & Food Festival.
If you do not want your image used by Wellington Wine & Food Festival in any future promotional activity please locate a Wellington Wine & Food Festival staff member at the event and let them know.
ID Accepted: A HANZ Card, a New Zealand Drivers License, New Zealand or Foreign Passport.
If you have lost or misplaced your ticket, please do not fear.
A ticketing reminder will be sent to you 72 hours prior to the event, this will have your tickets reattached.
If you need to contact our ticketing provider Eventbrite for any reason you can do so here
Tickets are issued from Eventbrite (Subject: Your Tickets for Wellington Wine & Food Festival) so please search this in your emails.
All ticketing questions should be directed to Eventbrite website as first point of contact