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Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

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When:

  • Sat 15 Mar ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Where:

The Cliffs, Dakins Road, Carterton

Restrictions:

All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00

Now regarded as an unmissable date on New Zealand's wine and food calendar, the 2014 Harvest Festival will celebrate the beginning of the grape harvest season at ‘The Cliffs’ Riverside Reserve on the banks of the Ruamahunga River in the popular wine growing area of Dakins Road in Gladstone. While it’s remoteness and vineyard setting is part of the site’s appeal, being only 10 minutes from both Masterton and Carterton means it is still close enough to public transport to make it very accessible to locals and visitors to the district alike.

“Over the last seven years the Harvest Festival has developed its own quite unique personality” says Event Manager, Liz Pollock. “While the primary focus is on celebrating the finest local wine and food, the spectacular riverside setting and relaxed environment creates a great family party atmosphere. Often you will find up to three generations of some families making it a day out which enhances the real community feel of the event”

Exhibitors operate from marquees set amongst the dozens of impressive 100 year old native trees which are a feature of the festival site, with a total of 27 exhibitors, representing Wairarapa’s finest wineries and high profile restaurants and food producers, showcasing their wares. Visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to sample wines from not only the larger, better known wineries but also from some of the smaller boutique wineries in the region. In keeping with the informality of the event visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the wine makers from the vineyards involved giving them an insight into the wide variety and styles of wine available in the region.

The best of the Wairarapa is expected on the plate as well as in the glass with award winning chefs from high profile restaurants throughout the region preparing local specialities. Whitebait fritters, rabbit pie, pork fennel & savvy sausages, Ngawi cod & crayfish cakes, paua fritters and poached strawberries are just some of the delicacies that have featured on previous menus.

Trade sites are also to be found amongst the food and wine marquees with arts, craft and jewellery on offer for those that want to take a break from socialising and enjoy a bit of shopping on the side!

To complete the party atmosphere four bands will perform throughout the day catering to all tastes and adding to the celebrations.

Tranzit NZ provides at regional shuttle service and co-ordination with trains from Wellington making getting to the event easy, and there is plenty of free parking a short distance from the site itself with shuttle buses running to and from the carpark continually through the day.

With only 2,000 tickets available demand for this iconic event is now very high with organisers expecting the event to sell out well in advance of the day.

The Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival is an occasion which not only celebrates the finest local wine and food but also the beautiful and diverse Wairarapa region.

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