ICONIC EVENT REACHES 10 YEAR MILESTONE.
Tickets are now on sale for what is now considered one of the most unmissable food and wine festivals around, the 2016 Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival.
Not the biggest of wine festivals, but probably one of the most respected and popular, the event celebrates its 10th birthday when it takes place on 12 March 2016. Ten years of idyllic picnicking, partying, eating and wine-tasting in a stunning location, it is a highly anticipated summertime event.
‘Ten years have gone by so quickly, says Liz Pollock, event manager and host for Harvest since its inception. ‘It’s interesting that in that time we’ve needed to change very little to keep it a successful, sell-out event. We had a great formula from day one, and we’ve simply evolved the little things.
‘Harvest is a small festival that’s massive on atmosphere. It started out as a celebration of our gorgeous local wines and food, in an astonishingly beautiful location. With such sound foundations, it could do nothing but mature with age.’
Held at the ‘Cliffs’ Riverside Reserve on the banks of the Ruamahanga River, on 12 March 2016, Harvest is held annually to celebrate the beginning of the grape harvest season. With some 25 carefully selected exhibitors comprising wineries from Masterton, Gladstone and Martinborough, and high profile and award winning local restaurants, food and wine matching is an important theme, and a ‘Peoples’ Choice’ award for the best match is being introduced for the first time in 2016
‘It’s a pretty special day out’, says Liz. ‘First-timers to the Festival are consistently amazed to discover the wonderful ‘off the beaten track’ site with marquees tucked under magnificent, seriously old trees with picnic spots and umbrellaed tables scattered around. Our exhibitors also clearly love the chance to meet and talk to visitors, an opportunity made possible by the intimate style of the event.
‘Our aim is to make it an entirely effortless, easy and great fun day out for everyone involved and I do think we consistently achieve this.’
There are excellent transport options from both Wellington, the Manawatu and within the Wairarapa via Transit NZ, so if you have not been before there’s no excuse not to give Harvest a go. There’ll be no turning back.
Tickets are available through Ticketdirect and the Masterton and Martinborough i-sites. With just 2,000 tickets available, it pays to get in quickly.
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