Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2022 update
Unfortunately, the decision has been made to cancel Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2022. This was such a hard decision to make, and everyone involved is incredibly disappointed.
We’ve spoken to Mike and his team from Provincial Insurance Brokers and he has this message for you all. “Our team are devastated that the Harvest Festival is unable to go ahead, but we understand the reasons why. It’s going to be more important than ever that we support this local event so that it can be an absolute cracker next year”.
"Cancelling an event is never an easy decision to make and we don’t want to disappoint our loyal event goers, sponsors and suppliers who make Harvest the anticipated event that it is" Says Carla Steed, Event Manager "But this was a decision that simply had to be made with the uncertainty of what lies ahead. We hope to see everyone back for the 2023 festival!’
Why we have cancelled?
You may be asking why we have decided to cancel now and why we don’t ‘wait and see’?
With the emergence of Omicron in the community the whole country has moved to the red traffic light setting, restricting events to a maximum of 100 attendees. With so much uncertainty of how long we may remain in this red light setting we simply couldn’t take the risk.
We explored several alternatives including postponements however given that the Harvest Festival marks the start of the busy harvest season we have opted for a straight cancellation. Another key consideration in the decision-making process was the risk to the wineries. Our wineries simply can’t afford to expose staff to the highly transmissible virus and risk leaving valuable crops unharvested.
Some people have also asked us why we haven’t applied for the governments ‘Events Transition Support Payment Scheme’. This scheme was designed to reduce risk for event organisers and allow summer festivals to forge ahead in uncertain times. Unfortunately, Harvest Festival did not meet the criteria of this scheme (qualifying events need to have over 5000 attendees and had to have been actively in the market at the time the scheme was announced).
So where to from here?
A new 2023 date for Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival presented by Provincial Insurance Brokers will be set and announced by the end of February. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for announcements.
What happens to my ticket?
All tickets will be refunded (should you choose that option) and you should have received an email from iTICKET already.
Valued 2022 ticket holders will be contacted with a unique pre-sale link. This will give ticket holders priority for tickets to the 2023 festival.
Please allow up to 15 days for refunds to be processed.
On behalf of event organisers, we thank you for your support and hope to see you at Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2023 presented by Provincial Insurance Brokers.