Wellington’s finest Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is back to toast the Summer of 2020!
11am – 7pm @ Waitangi Park, Wellington – Saturday 1st February
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 why not try a non-alcoholic cocktail or just want to try a fantastically unique creation, cocktails by the legendary Ray Letoa are also available.
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).
Event gates are open from 11am – 7pm
On arrival please match your ticket name with the correct lane.
eg: “General Admission (GA) Ticket (Green Entry)” = the Green Entry Queue when you arrive.
There is large coloured signage above each lane (Blue, Green or Purple).
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband (RFID).
This is your payment system for the event, and will be loaded with any currency you’ve pre-purchased with your ticket, or that you top up at the event.
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 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 event.
Also please leave your animals, furniture and children at home ( You can bring blankets or picnic mats.).
Wheel chair accessible.
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 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 (RFID) will be loaded with any event currency you’ve pre-purchased.
This year, you can pre-purchase $30 event 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 event currency at the event (you cannot top-up now before the event). 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 event 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 3rd February until Sunday 16th February (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 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
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.
White Wine Varietals
Red Wine Varietals
Light Beer < 2.5%
Non-Alcoholic Cocktails – If you are not into alcohol or feel like a break we will have a Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Bar presented by Seedlip, serving a range of non-alcoholic cocktails – Grove & Royal Botanic Tonic, Garden & Burma Tonic and a Spice & Thai Dry Ginger Ale.
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.
We are currently working on some Gluten Free Beer options, please check back once the vendors are released or feel free to contact us to ask.
All drinks are served in our reusable festival cups, if you lose your cup this will not be replaced – so keep these safe!
On entry ALL patrons receive a reusable wine cup free of charge.
All Beer & Cider is served in a reusable beer cup, only $1.50 with your first purchase.
11:00am - 12:15pm
Christof van der Ven (UK) and Jed Parsons (NZ) join forces from opposite sides of the globe to bring the ‘Together At Last’ tour to every corner of New Zealand.
Somehow finding time between his busy touring schedule as a member of leading UK band Bear’s Den, and his own solo shows playing alongside the likes of Bon Iver and The Staves, Christof van der Ven is bringing his alternative folk all the way down to NZ. He joins 2018 IMNZ Debut Release of the Year nominee Jed Parsons, who, in his relatively short indie-pop career, is already settling into the dizzying heights of people saying “oh yeah, I think I’ve heard him before”.
Since having both released their debut albums in 2018, between them Christof and Jed have clocked up over 10 million streams online, toured to all corners of the world and played at major festivals – Jed having appeared on stage at Auckland City Limits and Electric Avenue; Christof at Glastonbury among many others.
Throughout January, they will play 14 shows across the country from secret house concerts to popular venues and festivals. Jed Parsons is promoting his brand new single ‘Playstation & Porn (releasing on January 24th), while Christof van der Ven continues to tour his latest incredible album ‘You Were The Place’ released in 2019.
Together At Last, they will melt hearts.
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Michael Barker formed blues & roots band Swamp Thing in 2010 . To date Swamp Thing has recorded & released three studio albums ‘ Balladeer ‘ 2012, ‘ Primordium ‘ 2014 and ‘ Rumors & Lies ‘ 2017.
Michael’s musical pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist comes through in his work with The John Butler Trio, Split Enz, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, The Black Sorrows, Alex Lloyd, Vika & Linda Bull to name a few.
Brett Adams guitar extraordinaire joins Barker for Meatstock 2020, Adams a world class guitar player and vocalist works with Tami Neilson, Tim Finn, The Bads and 80’s legends The Mockers.
Swamp Thing make a sound that reaches deep into the primordial swamp of roots music.
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Lord Echo is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and DJ whose music imagines a world where reggae and rocksteady rub shoulders with Latin music, disco, African soul and techno.
His production aesthetic keeps a firm grasp on the DJs need for quality sound material but never strays far from the ever popular sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, which he has put half a lifetime into absorbing. This combination of imagination and technical mastery of all but forgotten sound techniques have allowed him to craft a sound that is instantly recognisable, even in todays over saturated world of music.
Currently performing as a six piece live band, they have performed at Asagiri Jam Japan, Wonderfruit Thailand, WOMAD NZ, Adelaide Festival, Shanghai JZ Festival and numerous other shows around the globe.
4:15pm - 5:15pm
Formed out of the ashes from one of Auckland’s most musically-creative hubs, Yoko-Zuna have in two short years established themselves as one of the most exciting acts in New Zealand. With their combination of unique electronic and hip-hop compositions, and a live show which is rarely bettered, Yoko-Zuna is an act with talent to burn.
With the release of their debut album, This Place Here, in 2015, Yoko-Zuna announced themselves to the greater music scene with an album showcasing a sound which hasn’t been previously seen in NZ – sub-electronic frequencies, melodic moments, and immense bass-synth-fuelled drops. The album combined Yoko-Zuna’s unique instrumental sound with some of the country’s most talented vocalists including David Dallas, Bailey Wiley, Melodownz and Team Dynamite, and in turn created a huge queue of willing collaborators.
Not willing to rest on their laurels, May 2016 saw Yoko-Zuna release the Luminols EP, 5 tracks which not only continues to fulfil the promise of their amazing live shows, but also show new depth and versatility to the band’s song-writing abilities. Featuring some of NZ’s biggest vocalists in P-Digsss (Shapeshifter), Laughton Kora and Tom Scott (HomeBrew, @peace), along with the fresh talents of Lukan Rai$ey, HEAVY and Randa, the EP shows a band infusing the genres of electronic/hip-hop with their own inimitable sound.
2017 saw the band roll all across New Zealand including performances at Rhythm and Vines, Northern Bass, Splore, Soundsplash and Homegrown festivals and debuting at Australia’s Big Sound Festival in Brisbane. Yoko-Zuna are set to release their up-coming second album in early 2018. Featuring collaborations with a concoction of new artists including, P-Money, Raiza Biza & Milloux.
5:45pm - 7:00pm
‘The Relatives are a contemporary, energetic band based in Wellington.
Covering all your favourite hits from many decades their expansive repertoire will have everybody from four to eighty-four off their chairs and dancing all night.
Along with their song selection, musicianship, showmanship and attention to detail The Relatives deliver an exciting, fun, and upbeat performance.
Expect to hear popular tunes from artists like The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Mumford and Sons, George Ezra, Bon Jovi, Walk The Moon, Journey and many popular artists spanning generations.’
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:
• Children and babies are not permitted under the event restricted liquor license (no exceptions).
• Safe transport options home will be available, if you need a taxi or uber please ask any staff member.
• Smoking and vaping are not permitted inside the main festival, no exceptions (there will be a dedicated area located near the bathrooms)
• 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 in an empty clear plastic water bottle – there will be plenty of free, fresh water available.
• Alcohol cannot be taken outside the festival.
• You can bring blankets or picnic mats.
• The postponement day as per the terms and conditions is Sunday 2nd February.
• Remember sunscreen, sun hats, rainwear (if required) and warm clothing (no pass outs).
• If you lose your festival cup this will not be replaced.
• 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, Kiwi Access card, a New Zealand Drivers License, New Zealand or Foreign Passport.
If you have lost or misplaced your ticket, please do not fear.
You can search your emails for Eventbrite <email@example.com> “Your Tickets for Wellington Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival 2020”
If all else fails a ticketing reminder will be resent automatically 72 hours before the festival opens.
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All ticketing questions should be directed to Eventbrite website as first point of contact