Wellington’s finest Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is back to toast the Summer of 2019!
11am – 7pm @ Waitangi Park, Wellington – Saturday 2nd 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 or just want to try a fantastically unique creation, mocktails 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 menus 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).
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband (AWOP).
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 11am – 7pm, 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 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 (AWOP) 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.
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 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 4th February until Sunday 17th 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
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.
White Wine Varietals
Red Wine Varietals
Light Beer < 2.5%
Mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails)
Gin Experience (Infused Flavours & Original G & T)
Rum Experience (Berry Mojito & Queens Park Swizzle)
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.
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.
11:15am - 12:15pm
In an era in which Fat Freddy’s Drop and Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered heritage artists and humans are no longer boxed by sexuality, one might describe Strangely Arousing as “trans genre” And comfortably so. Their reggae-based, jazz-influenced sound has led them to play for a wide range of audiences. From Raggamuffin to Rhythm and Vines, from sell out tours around New Zealand to international adventures in the Middle East and Asia.
Having already lasted longer than most modern marriages, Strangely Arousing’s odyssey from Rotorua, to Raglan, to the big smoke of Auckland has been vast. After 6 years of blood, sweat, Jim Beam and tears – July 2017 saw the release of ‘Strangely Arousing’, a self-titled, 11 song exploration into the minds, hearts and souls of 5 musical gypsies from Rotorua, New Zealand.
Highlights from last summer include playing to 15,000 people in their hometown of Rotorua at the annual Lakeside concert, headlining the Whangarei Fritter Festival with Elemeno P and N.Z dub heroes Salmonella Dub, and smashing a set at the iconic Rhythm & Vines festival. More recently, the band enjoyed its first international tour in South Korea and China. Amongst a slot at the Pentaport Rock Festival (headlined by industrial pioneers Nine Inch Nails and Mike Shinoda), multiple headline shows in China, and a few frugal nights off spent at the clubs, Strangely has grown, as individuals and as a group, to an international standard, propelling their already compelling and uplifting live show to another level.
Wherever they go, whoever they play for, the dance floor is sure to be full of people grooving. They implant their art deep in the hearts of lovers of good music and this has given them a loyal following that continues to grow.
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Kia ora Koutou katoa!
Of course you know who Anika Moa is.
Yass Queen, same-sex symbol, Māori princess (literally), mum-of-three with one in the oven, humble and reluctant TV STAR, children’s entertainer, and a wondrous bloody New Zealander.
But let’s not forget that before all the above, Anika Moa was a musician, and a singer. And a beautiful, heartfelt songwriter.
In a career spanning 20 years she has released six studio albums, two wildly successful Songs For Bubbas albums and toured her music and stories to every corner of the country.
And some corners of the world too.
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Modern soulful singer songwriter Louis Baker is inarguably one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years from New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape. Crafting his work with a deep artistic integrity, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Everyone from India Arie (“Louis Baker, you sing my soul,”) to the international music community (BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Earmilk) have shown love for what he is, and has become.
In 2013 he was selected to attend the prestigious annual Red Bull Music Academy in New York. He then recorded and released his self-titled EP, and was a top five finalist for the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award for Back On My Feet .
Baker’s also performed at festivals across the world, including Field Days, Sziget Festival, Sonar Festival, The Great Escape, and Splendor in the Grass, building an appetite for bigger crowds as well as more intimate spaces.
4:15pm - 5:15pm
Niko Ne Zna is a world class world music extravaganza.
A staple of the New Zealand festival circuit and frequently selling out shows at home and more recently in Australia.
A hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in the capital of New Zealand.
Playing captivating original music as well as classic songs from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged moving and grooving!
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Born out of the famed New Zealand School of Music, Wellington dub rockers Tunes of I are fast developing into one of the nations most exciting live roots acts.
Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, complemented by two of the capitals finest horn players, the jazz trained six piece collective are renowned nationwide for their original, tight and dynamic live performances.
Raw talent matched with classical training that is best witnessed up close and personal!
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 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 3rd 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.
• Gates will open 30 mins before the festival starts to allow AWOP top ups.
• 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.
You can search your emails for Eventbrite <email@example.com> “Your Tickets for Wellington Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival 2019”
If all else fails a ticketing reminder will be resent automatically 72 hours before the festival opens.
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