If you haven’t already done so, mark February 9th in your diary. With Marlborough’s summer in full swing, it’s a perfect day of the year to gather your friends and experience the best food and wine that the region has to offer; and the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is a splendid opportunity to do so.
As the longest running wine festival in New Zealand, this iconic event enjoys its thirty-fifth consecutive year in 2019, and Bayleys Marlborough is once again proud to offer sponsorship.
Each year over 8,000 festival goers relish the opportunity to sample world-class wines and delicious local cuisine in the heart of Brancott Vineyard – Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyard.
On the day!
As ever, this year’s festival provides a day-long abundance of entertainment to tickle every fancy!
It’s an education:
There are two masterclasses this year. The first will explore the benefits of organic wines. The second offers an opportunity to discover Sauvignon Blanc and local cheese matches that are made in heaven.
Get your glad rags on:
The annual Fashion in the Vines competition is on! With over $3000 worth of prizes for the 2019 Fashion in the Vines, including a $1500 shopping spree at Thomas’s Marlborough to get you ready for the Festival, VIP tickets, and more! Enter the pre-festival Fashion in the Vines draw here. Then, on the day, get snapping and post a photo of yourself for an opportunity to win ‘Best Dressed’.
Cooking up a storm:
Enjoy the New Zealand Home Chef Cook-Off series, which will see two of the best home cooks in the country go head-to-head with a celebrity chef. There will also be fantastic cooking demonstrations
throughout the day, with celebrity chefs showing you what culinary creations are possible with delicious Marlborough produce.
Get ready to boogie:
As ever, there’s a spectacular musical line up. Sweet Mix Kids, Summer Thieves, Ardijah, Stellar* and My Baby take to the Main Stage! Or chill out at the Acoustic Stage with some fabulous local Marlborough artists.
Over the weekend
You can also enjoy, pre and post-festival events. Get festival ready at the market on Friday night in town. There’s also an opportunity to attend winery dinners and other events throughout the weekend.
We can’t wait to see you at the 2019 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival! And if you’re visiting the region for the festival and decide to stay, (we wouldn’t blame you) we’d love to help you find your Marlborough home.