All on at Labour weekend

Something for everyone.

Something for everyone.

FIESTA: Mariana Motion serves Dianne Beazley at the Kuki Kai stall at last year’s Street Food Festival. Picture by Paul Rickard
FAMILY FUN: The Labour Weekend Fiesta, Street Food Festival on the Sunday afternoon was a hugely-popular event last year and promises to be even more fun this year. Picture by Will Archdale
Mikayla O’Dwyer and Jess Scherrer chilling out at Matawhero Wines. Picture by Liam Clayton
Trenty Donnelly, Ruby Puki, Georgia Donnelly and Campbell Terekia. Picture by Liam Clayton

Tairawhiti turns it on for Labour Weekend with plenty of social events for everyone. Whether you have guests coming to stay, feel like a fun day out, an afternoon of laughs, or want something the whole family can enjoy, Sophie Rishworth wraps up what’s on this Labour Weekend, October 20-22.

There will even be a cheese and chocolate tent at this year’s First Light Wine & Food festival. The second annual event is part of Gisborne’s Wine & Food Weekend, and there’s heaps to keep this district on the map as a key Labour Weekend destination.

It attracts tourists and is also a popular weekend for locals to celebrate the start of the summer social season.
The First Light event has complimentary buses to take you between three venues this year, Matawhero, TW Wines and Bridge Estate, where great wine, food and stunning vistas will be on tap.

TW Wines co-founder Paul Tietjen said people were really excited about this year’s event.
“The Gisborne Wine & Food Festival has always been known for a great day out and a wonderful opportunity to experience a taste of Gisborne, and we plan to continue that tradition at the First Light Wine & Food. The bus tour around the wineries and the gorgeous venues on offer make for a fun afternoon for friends — and we even have a cheese and chocolate tent this year”.

Labour Weekend is only two months away, so it is time to plan and secure tickets to events you want to attend.

If it’s a few laughs you need after winter, then Wrights Vineyard & Winery have come up with a unique way to spend the Saturday afternoon with their event, the Gisborne Comedy Gala. From 2-5pm there will be local stand-up comedy over a few glasses of their award-winning organic wines.

Wrights Vineyard & Winery co-owner Geoff Wright said they are thinking of having 10-minute slots, with a nice comfy couch for people to relax on with a microphone. If you are interested in trying your hand at stand-up get in touch with Geoff.

Then there’s the annual Millton Vineyard & Winery long lunch on Sunday, with events on the Friday and Saturday too.
Hihi Wines is planning a fun, family-friendly event with live music at the Makaraka Racecourse on Sunday. It’s called Wacky Races - Not the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival 2018. There will be live music, a brunch and lunch menu from 11am, sangria, juices, bubbles and new-release wines from Hihi. One of the wacky races is a wife-carrying one.

Always popular at the weekend

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The kids have been thought of too with all the wacky races you can think of —wheelbarrow, three-legged, waiter race, balloons, gumboot throwing, egg and spoon and a sack race. These will all be held in front of the public grandstand at the racecourse, over-looking vineyards.

Fancy dress is encouraged with prizes throughout the day.

Another event for the whole family is the Labour Weekend Fiesta, Street Food Festival, between 3.30pm-7.30pm on Sunday, on a closed-off portion of Grey Street. It’s free entry. The event is licensed and offers heaps of food stalls to buy from with live music, arts, culture and dance also on offer. It is run by Heart of Gisborne. Last year’s event was hugely-popular with hundreds checking it out.

So, after a winter lull, it’s certainly the social season again . . . and a welcome three-day weekend after a long stretch of five-day weeks.

TW Wines owner Geordie Witters says their First Light Wine & Food event will celebrate some of the award-winning wines and locally-made food that Gisborne has to offer, all in beautiful rustic vineyard settings.

“It’s a real drawcard for people wanting to enjoy a taste of Gisborne. It’s about time they got to this part of New Zealand!”
First Light Wine & Food co-ordinator Georgina Kemp said they were excited this year to announce a third venue for the event, the newly re-opened Bridge Estate which was purchased by the Fergus Family.

“We are thrilled to have Bridge Estate open for wine-tasting, food and functions and we look forward to being part of this wonderful day,” says Tracy Fergus.

Guests from around New Zealand are expected to make up a great proportion of the tickets available, based on current sales.

“We are absolutely blown away by the uptake of tickets this year and at how many people outside of Gisborne are supporting the event,” says Mrs Kemp.

“Obviously the buzz on social media is making an impact and people are keen to get down to Gisborne and experience our wonderful hospitality and fantastic weather.”

Matawhero Wines co-owner Kirsten Searle said the quality of the food and wine available was a credit to the region and a major factor in the festival’s popularity.

“Gisborne is renowned for its fresh produce and beautiful wines, and this event showcases some great examples of that to the ticket-holders. We also have great traditions of lovely warm spring weather in October, so visitors are likely to be in for a treat over Labour Weekend,” she says.

The event organisers have also chosen to offer a sober driver ticket this year, for those people who opt to drive rather than take the bus service included in the general admission ticket. The venues want to ensure the safety of the guests and host responsibility is paramount at the event. Offering a sober driver admission ticket supports these objectives.

Mrs Searle says Gisborne is the perfect location for a great wine and food weekend away.
“It’s got ample green space, great beaches and surf, reliable warm weather, and walking access to many hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops for our attendees to enjoy before and after the festival.”

Tairawhiti turns it on for Labour Weekend with plenty of social events for everyone. Whether you have guests coming to stay, feel like a fun day out, an afternoon of laughs, or want something the whole family can enjoy, Sophie Rishworth wraps up what’s on this Labour Weekend, October 20-22.

There will even be a cheese and chocolate tent at this year’s First Light Wine & Food festival. The second annual event is part of Gisborne’s Wine & Food Weekend, and there’s heaps to keep this district on the map as a key Labour Weekend destination.

It attracts tourists and is also a popular weekend for locals to celebrate the start of the summer social season.
The First Light event has complimentary buses to take you between three venues this year, Matawhero, TW Wines and Bridge Estate, where great wine, food and stunning vistas will be on tap.

TW Wines co-founder Paul Tietjen said people were really excited about this year’s event.
“The Gisborne Wine & Food Festival has always been known for a great day out and a wonderful opportunity to experience a taste of Gisborne, and we plan to continue that tradition at the First Light Wine & Food. The bus tour around the wineries and the gorgeous venues on offer make for a fun afternoon for friends — and we even have a cheese and chocolate tent this year”.

Labour Weekend is only two months away, so it is time to plan and secure tickets to events you want to attend.

If it’s a few laughs you need after winter, then Wrights Vineyard & Winery have come up with a unique way to spend the Saturday afternoon with their event, the Gisborne Comedy Gala. From 2-5pm there will be local stand-up comedy over a few glasses of their award-winning organic wines.

Wrights Vineyard & Winery co-owner Geoff Wright said they are thinking of having 10-minute slots, with a nice comfy couch for people to relax on with a microphone. If you are interested in trying your hand at stand-up get in touch with Geoff.

Then there’s the annual Millton Vineyard & Winery long lunch on Sunday, with events on the Friday and Saturday too.
Hihi Wines is planning a fun, family-friendly event with live music at the Makaraka Racecourse on Sunday. It’s called Wacky Races - Not the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival 2018. There will be live music, a brunch and lunch menu from 11am, sangria, juices, bubbles and new-release wines from Hihi. One of the wacky races is a wife-carrying one.

Always popular at the weekend

From page 1

The kids have been thought of too with all the wacky races you can think of —wheelbarrow, three-legged, waiter race, balloons, gumboot throwing, egg and spoon and a sack race. These will all be held in front of the public grandstand at the racecourse, over-looking vineyards.

Fancy dress is encouraged with prizes throughout the day.

Another event for the whole family is the Labour Weekend Fiesta, Street Food Festival, between 3.30pm-7.30pm on Sunday, on a closed-off portion of Grey Street. It’s free entry. The event is licensed and offers heaps of food stalls to buy from with live music, arts, culture and dance also on offer. It is run by Heart of Gisborne. Last year’s event was hugely-popular with hundreds checking it out.

So, after a winter lull, it’s certainly the social season again . . . and a welcome three-day weekend after a long stretch of five-day weeks.

TW Wines owner Geordie Witters says their First Light Wine & Food event will celebrate some of the award-winning wines and locally-made food that Gisborne has to offer, all in beautiful rustic vineyard settings.

“It’s a real drawcard for people wanting to enjoy a taste of Gisborne. It’s about time they got to this part of New Zealand!”
First Light Wine & Food co-ordinator Georgina Kemp said they were excited this year to announce a third venue for the event, the newly re-opened Bridge Estate which was purchased by the Fergus Family.

“We are thrilled to have Bridge Estate open for wine-tasting, food and functions and we look forward to being part of this wonderful day,” says Tracy Fergus.

Guests from around New Zealand are expected to make up a great proportion of the tickets available, based on current sales.

“We are absolutely blown away by the uptake of tickets this year and at how many people outside of Gisborne are supporting the event,” says Mrs Kemp.

“Obviously the buzz on social media is making an impact and people are keen to get down to Gisborne and experience our wonderful hospitality and fantastic weather.”

Matawhero Wines co-owner Kirsten Searle said the quality of the food and wine available was a credit to the region and a major factor in the festival’s popularity.

“Gisborne is renowned for its fresh produce and beautiful wines, and this event showcases some great examples of that to the ticket-holders. We also have great traditions of lovely warm spring weather in October, so visitors are likely to be in for a treat over Labour Weekend,” she says.

The event organisers have also chosen to offer a sober driver ticket this year, for those people who opt to drive rather than take the bus service included in the general admission ticket. The venues want to ensure the safety of the guests and host responsibility is paramount at the event. Offering a sober driver admission ticket supports these objectives.

Mrs Searle says Gisborne is the perfect location for a great wine and food weekend away.
“It’s got ample green space, great beaches and surf, reliable warm weather, and walking access to many hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops for our attendees to enjoy before and after the festival.”

Labour weekend

Friday, October 19

  • Join James Millton on Friday night from 5-7pm as he presents the new releases of Millton Vineyard and Winery’s flagship wines.


Saturday, October 20

  • The Millton Vineyard Cellar door will be in full party mode with tastings and food on hand. They are open to anyone and everyone, so come and enjoy the festivities anywhere between 10am and 6pm.
  • Gisborne Comedy Gala, 2-5pm, Wrights Vineyard & Winery, enjoy local comedians with wine.

Sunday, October 21

  • Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Fair, 9.30am– 3pm, Poverty Bay Bowling Club, 109 Ormond Road, free entry.
  • Hihi Wacky Races, 11am-6pm, the pick for family fun. Makaraka Racecourse. Children under 18 free, earlybird adult tickets $11.
  • First Light Wine & Food Festival, 12 noon -7.30pm. Tickets are $45 each, or $30 if you’re a sober driver. The event includes entry to the three venues Matawhero, TW Wines and Bridge Estate.
  • Millton’s long lunch on the lawn, 12.30pm- 4pm. Tickets are limited. Millton’s cellar door open 10am-6pm
  • Labour Weekend Fiesta, Street Food Festival, 3.30-7.30pm, Grey Street, free entry. A licensed event, partial road closure for all the stalls offering food, music, arts, culture and dance — great entertainment for the whole family.
  • For more information on First Light Wine & Food Festival log on to www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz
  • For any of the other events log on to Facebook and check out the pages for Heart of Gisborne, Wrights Vineyard & Winery and Hihi Wines.
  • Dial a Driver (DAD) services will be available all day. Contact DAD on 0800 494 273.

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