Tickets are officially on sale for the annual Bridge Pa Wine Festival on Saturday, 20 January 2018.
The day long festival features eight wineries as well as food and local entertainment at each one. Wineries include Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Ngatarawa, Oak Estate, Paritua, Redmetal Vineyards and Sileni Estates, each with wine tastings, food and local entertainment.
The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District extends over more than 2,000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga Plains in Hawke’s Bay. It is characterised by three different soil types, each free draining, overlying red metal alluvial gravels, which are recognised for producing some of New Zealand’s top red wines.
Buses will operate connections between each of the wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle throughout the day, allowing festival goers to visit as many wineries as they choose. Each of the wineries is located less than five minutes’ drive apart.
“We are thrilled to present this annual event to wine lovers in the region – and visitors – once again. With eight mini festivals in one, what better way to spend a day out with friends or visit the region during Wellington’s anniversary weekend,” says festival spokesperson Paul Ham.
The 2018 Bridge Pa Wine Festival begins at 10am and finishes at 6pm. Tickets are available from Eventfinda from $38 per person and include access to all wineries, a festival glass and use of the hop on/ hop off buses throughout the day. Tickets are also available from Napier, Taradale, Havelock North and Hastings with transport beginning at 9.30am from each of the areas.
The Bridge Pa Festival Facebook page @bridgepawinefestival will provide regular updates and full details of the day .
4th Annual W&F Celebration at NZ School of Food and Wine
If you’re a budding food photographer, wine lover or professional, the fourth annual Wine & Food Celebration in Auckland is the place to head from 19 to 21 August this year.
The event is the brainchild of Celia Hay, founder of the New Zealand School of Food & Wine (disclaimer: I have taught wine courses for her, part time, for the past six years).
The energy she has for education is second to none. After the life changing Christchurch earthquakes earlier this decade, Hay moved herself, three children and her 20 year old wine and food school all the way up to Auckland. No small task for a one woman band. She has now amassed a supportive team at a large permanent school campus in downtown Auckland’s competitive Viaduct Harbour area in Customs Street West.
This year’s annual Wine & Food Celebration ups the ante on previous years with a couple of pretty on trend events, namely #Foodography Dinner and several aromatic wine tastings, led by Michael Jemieson of MacVine and yours truly (lover of Riesling and all vinous things aromatic).
Food photography will be explored during the #Foodography Dinner on Saturday 19 August. Tips on how to capture food imagery on your phone will be provided, along with sips, nibbles and how to snap ideas as attendees build their own creations over 6 courses.
The other event of significant note at this year’s three day annual celebration is the New Zealand Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year competition. Wine professionals will compete in front of judges from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 20 August.
Find out more and book your tickets at event.foodandwine.co.nz
It’s being dubbed New Zealand’s largest wine tasting event and this year’s Winetopia debuts in Wellington following its regular Auckland outing in mid July this year.
The Auckland leg of the event runs at Shed 10 from 9 to 10 June before debuting in Wellington at Shed 6 from 14 to 15 July.
The 2017 programme features expert talks and tasting masterclasses presented by some of the country’s leading wine people, including Master of Wine Bob Campbell and Australian wine writer, Nick Stock.
“New Zealand boasts over 670 wineries, far too many for an average Kiwi to check out in one lifetime. We’ve created Winetopia to take attendees far beyond the well-known, behind the closed door of the vineyards and cellar doors of our beautiful country and into the minds of the people that make our world-famous drop,” says director Rob Eliott.
Singapore Airlines, the presenting sponsors will help visitors explore one of their lead destinations, France, with French vs NZ wine tastings and the chance for all event attendees to enter to win a return flight for two to Paris with Singapore Airlines.
Winetopia will be held in Auckland on 9 to 10 June and in Wellington for the first time on 14 to 15 July. There will be three sessions in each city; Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm, Saturday from 12pm to 3:30pm and 4:30pm to 8pm.
Tickets on sale at winetopia.nz