Marlborough Wine and Food Festival’s announces more talent
January 14, 2012
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival’s announces more talent in 2013
• New Entrants and Twinset complete entertainment line-up
• Outstanding Chef Al Brown join festival culinary super stars with more announcements to follow
“The entertainment line-up this year is incredibly varied,” Mr Pickens said in announcing more entertainment for the February 9th festival.
“Twinset is a renowned Wellington based jazz band, which has been touring and performing to audiences for over 15 years and will set a wonderful tone for the day out at Brancott Vineyard. New Entrants is a Christchurch band that are hugely popular with locals and will have everyone up on their feet. Add in Avalanche City and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and we have a line up that compliments the fantastic atmosphere and other entertainment on site throughout the day”.
In further food announcements that back up the appearance of all three winners of MasterChef New Zealand outstanding chef Al Brown will feature for the first time. The epicurean master will be demonstrating with Cloudy Bay Clams, another wonderful product from our region and one of three new Culinary Partners at the festival.
All the super chefs will be cooking up a storm in the newly introduced marquee housing the Culinary Pavilion on the festival site. Another surprise food celebrity will be announced during festival week and will be a huge draw card for many interested in food and cooking.
“Marlborough may be a small region, but we are big on quality in terms of wine and food,” Mr Pickens said. “And given our wines are so food friendly, the Culinary Pavilion is the perfect new accompaniment to the festival. Being free to attend you can also witness other local food providers at work, so we are sure it will be a highlight of the festival”.
The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is the oldest and largest wine festival in the country, attracting thousands of visitors from throughout New Zealand and from overseas. Alongside the many Marlborough wines available for tasting from the regions best producers, there will be an emphasis on the local produce available from Marlborough in many of the free on site activities people can indulge in.
The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is on February 9th and will be held at the historic Brancott Vineyard – home of the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Tickets are now available from; www.ticketek.co.nz or at Blenheim & Picton I-Sites.
Key Festival information
• Up to 8,000 people are expected to attend the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.
• Gates open 10:30am – 6pm (wine sales begin at 11am and will cease at 5:30pm)
• Tickets are $48+booking fee. Your festival ticket gets you entry into the festival site, a festival souvenir glass, a programme booklet and a full day of entertainment.
• Connoisseur Tickets are available for the first time and are $180 + booking fee.
• For those Under 18, a ticket is still required and a special ID bracelet will be administered at the entry tent. Children under 10 are free as long as they are accompanied by their guardian.
• Lions Club of Marlborough provide Public car parking at the festival. The parking fee is $5 and is part of Lions annual fundraising.
• Bus transport is available to the site also from Ritchies (Blenheim and Renwick areas) and Sounds Connection (Picton).
• The event will go ahead rain or shine.
For more information visit: www.marlboroughwinefestival.co.nz