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New Line-up Awaits Toast Martinborough Guests

New Line-up Awaits Toast Martinborough Guests

All 10,000 visitors expected at Sunday’s Toast Martinborough festival are in for a treat, with more wine, food and music-focused events than ever before.

The extensive new line-up includes culinary masterclasses presented by well-known chefs and local celebrities, a mouth-watering range of gastronomic delights prepared by festival newcomers Capitol & WBC and The Crab Shack, and opportunities to meet the winemakers responsible for the region’s award-winning wines.

Visitors who appreciate great music will also be spoilt for choice, with more than 20 artists providing all-day entertainment. Those making their Toast Martinborough debut include electro-folk soloist Sonic Delusion, Afro beat super-band King Ori Ori and the Masterons (including Trinity Roots frontman Warren Maxwell) and Latin fusion ensemble the Carlos Navae Band.

“That’s just a taste of what’s in store,” says Toast Martinborough General Manager Rachael Fletcher.

“Food supremo Julie Biuso and actor/comedian Mark Hadlow will contribute their amazing talents to the festival, there’ll be gourmet food demonstrations, wine tutorials and specialist seafood and bubbly bars, and – as always – guests will be able to taste an incredible range of astoundingly good wines, including some exclusive to the festival.

“As for food, who could resist morsels like soft-shell tacos with crab, coriander and chilli, West Coast whitebait fritters, and arancini balls with Moroccan spiced pork, gooey mozzarella and roasted garlic aioli?”

Fletcher advises festival-goers to wear layers on the day. “Martinborough’s well known for its sunny microclimate, and the forecast is looking good with 17 degrees – but it pays to prepare for all conditions,” she says. “That includes bringing hats and sunscreen.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to this fantastic event – it’s going to be a great day in the vineyards!”

The Toast Martinborough 2014 participants

• Ata Rangi, with Ruth Pretty Catering

• Dry River, with Capitol and WBC

• Escarpment, with HG Catering

• Margrain Vineyard, with The Vineyard Café

• Muirlea Rise, with Fine Cuisine

• Palliser Estate, with Bar Saluté

• Te Kairanga Wines & Martinborough Vineyard, with Wharekauhau Country Estate & The Crab Shack

• Tirohana Estate, with Tirohana Estate Restaurant

• Vynfields, with Café Medici


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