Wellington’s finest Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is back on Saturday 10th December 2022!
Waitangi Park, Wellington
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 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 will range from local to international brands. Fantastically unique cocktails created by the legendary Ray Letoa are also available, or if you are not feeling like an alcoholic beverage why not try a non-alcoholic cocktail.
The festival vendors can be viewed on the vendor page, with all beverage vendors having standardised drink prices as per the below guide.
All food menu items will be limited to a maximum price of $12.00.
Please see the individual vendor menus on their listings for what will be on offer (GF, DF, V available).
Festival gates are open from 11am – 7pm.
On arrival please match the colour in your ticket name with the correct lane.
Your Ticket Type has a (LANE COLOUR) associated with the ticket name.
There are large coloured signs above each lane (Blue, Green and Pink).
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband (AWOP RFID).
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. We are able to accept a New Zealand Driver’s License, a New Zealand or Foreign Passport, Kiwi Access card or a HANZ 18+ card as identification.
Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the festival. 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 – you can bring blankets or picnic mats.
As you enter, you’ll be given a Festival Wine Cup and your Festival Guide. And then you’re good to go!
Wellington Wine and Food Festival is a 100% cashless Festival. With no cash or eftpos transactions to handle, this helps our bars and food vendors process transactions quickly through AWOP, meaning more time for you to enjoy the festival.
As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband (RFID) 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 festival so you can start the fun from the first minute.
You will be able to purchase currency at the festival (you cannot top-up now before the festival). Currency can be purchased with Cash (the fastest option), Eftpos or Credit Card.
Wristbands 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 festival, 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 12th December until Sunday 25th December (midnight). Refunds will then be processed weekly, please note AWOP charges a Bank Fee for all online refunds. Just make sure you hang on to your Festival 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
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.
White Wine Varietals
Red Wine Varietals
Beer & Cider
Gin Cocktail Experience
Rum Cocktail Experience
Low Alcohol & 0% Alcohol Beverages
Non-Alcoholic: If you are not into alcohol or feel like a break we will have a range of other beverages available from our dedicated non-alcoholic bar.
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.
Gluten Free: Cider, Seltzer & Wine options plus a variety of Food options.
Vegan: A range of Beverages options plus a variety of Food options, please refer to the dietary key on the vendor menus.
On entry, ALL patrons receive a reusable Wine cup free of charge for cocktails and wine varietals.
All Beer, Cider & Seltzer is served in a reusable beer cup, only $1.50 with your first purchase.
All drinks are served in our reusable festival cups, if you lose your cup this will not be replaced – so keep these safe!
11:00am - 12:15pm
SorchaLula fell deeply in love with dance music after getting unexpectedly stuck in China some years ago. Never happier than in the midst of a dancefloor, she amps on tracks that make the body move, or the soul transcend. She typically channels hefty basslines, silky melodies and irresistibly dancey beats.
She plays from downtempo to house, across 140 bass/dubstep, and up to halftime, jungle, liquid and drum n bass, often crafting multi-genre sets. 2021 has seen festival sets at Twisted Frequency Festival, CubaDupa Festival, Earth Beat Music & Arts Festival, and Beervana, plus a range of gigs and dance parties around Aotearoa.
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Disciple Pati got her start in music playing in covers bands around Auckland, her powerful and soulful voice grabbed the attention of punters and it soon became clear she was ready to do her own thing.
Debuting on close friend and now regular collaborator Leaping Tiger’s smash hit ‘No Heart’, Pati’s fire was sparked. It took Pati’s sometime before her first solo single but it was worth the wait. ‘The Boy Who Cried Woman’ was a hot release for the young songstress and she would also go on to take home the Pacific Music Award for best music video. Another fire was sparked as Pati began to embark on her musical journey, earning placements on independent radio around the country for her next release ‘Atma’, which would see her take more of a pop sound.
Her live shows are not to be missed either, playing with a full band that includes a keyboard and horns section. Pati opened for The Beths at their sold out Auckland Town Hall show and also packed out Galatos Basement for her debut headline show. In 2021, Pati released her pop bop ‘Serious’ and also showed a more vulnerable side to her with ‘Bow Wow Challenge’, featuring PollyHill.
2:00pm - 3:30pm
‘Legend’ is a word suffering from chronic overuse syndrome these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains it’s full meaning and one the NZ public associates with this true blue Kiwi icon.
This affection is obviously felt amongst his musical peers as well who bestowed Jordan the honour of Inaugural Inductee into the New Zealand Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and in 2015 The NZ Music Legacy Award.
As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with ‘Victoria’ recently voted by the public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time.
These days on any given weekend you will hear packed stadiums of sports fans singing in unison (if not in-tune) ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ a song that seems to have taken on the mantle as the ‘unofficial’ alternative NZ national anthem.
THE JORDAN LUCK BAND is the new super deluxe Frankenstein incarnation backing the iconic kiwi singer these days.
Every gig, the band play the best of all those iconic Exponents tracks we know and love as well as a collection of the bands favourite Kiwi classics.
Meticulously designed by Jordan himself from the ground up, this band has just the one purpose…to bring Jordan’s blend of pop rock genius from the past, present and future… back to the masses!
Hand-picked from a wish-list of players Jordan wanted to work with, the word went out, his fantasy starting line up were contacted and unsurprisingly they all signed up…so, starting from the stage right part of the paddock…
Bryan Bell – ex-frontman of the much loved Dead Flowers, Beaver – rocknroll royalty and drummer of the world famous D4, Rich Mixture – God of all things musical, formerly graced the stages of D4, Dead Flowers and many more, Joe Walsh – frontman of Auckland rocker’s Ekko Park.
The Jordan Luck Band released the acclaimed ‘Not Only….But Also’ album in 2016 and were nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2016 NZ Music Awards.’
3:45pm - 5:00pm
Award-winning musician King Kapisi will be bringing his style of reggae, Hip-Hop, funk and drum’n’bass to this year’s Wellington Wine & Food Festival. Get ready to be thoroughly entertained, getting your steps in with his live MC skills ready to keep the party moving.
5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Relatives are a contemporary, energetic band covering all your favourite hits.
Along with their song selection, musicianship, and showmanship The Relatives deliver an exciting, fun, and upbeat performance.
Their expansive repertoire will have everybody up and dancing the entire time.
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 before sales are going to end.
Some other general housekeeping rules to be aware of are:
• Use the correct lane on entry to the Festival, to speed up your experience.
• Children and babies are not permitted under the Festival restricted liquor license (no exceptions).
• Safe transport options home will be available if you need a taxi or uber, please ask any staff member.
• No Smoking or vaping is permitted inside the main Festival area, no exceptions (there will be a dedicated area near the main toilets)
• Pass Outs are not available – once you leave the Festival you won’t be allowed back in.
• Alcohol cannot be taken outside the Festival.
• If you lose your Festival cup this will not be replaced.
• Please do not bring any animals (except for guide dogs),
• Please do not bring musical instruments or furniture with you (that includes blow up or inflatable items). You can bring blankets or picnic mats.
• Outside food & beverages cannot be brought into the Festival.
• You can bring in an empty clear water bottle (no glass) – there will be free water available.
• Remember your sunscreen, sun hats, rainwear (if required) and warm clothing (no pass outs).
• The rain day as per the terms and conditions is Sunday 11th December*
Promotional photos and video will be taken at the festival and by purchasing a ticket and / or attending the festival 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 senior crew member at the festival and let them know.
ID Accepted: A HANZ Card, Kiwi Access card, a New Zealand Drivers License, New Zealand or Foreign Passport.
*If the event is unable to proceed due to COVID-19, ticket holders will have the option of a refund.
The Wellington Wine & Food Festival respects your decision to be vaccinated or not, however, the festival will not require vaccine passes.
DO I NEED TO SHOW A VACCINE CERTIFICATE?
No, vaccine passes are not required.
WILL I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?
No, face masks are not required.
If you have lost or misplaced your ticket, please do not fear.
You can search your emails for Eventbrite <[email protected]>
Alternatively you can log in to your Eventbrite account and head to “Tickets”
If all else fails a ticketing reminder will be resent automatically 72 hours before the festival opens.
All ticketing questions should be directed to Eventbrite website as first point of contact