What's happening over Labour Weekend?

View from the air at the Wine and Food Street Festival. File pictures

The best news about this Labour Weekend is the weather. The sunshine symbol appears every day in the MetService forecast with a high of 23 degrees, so remember a hat and sunscreen. Here is a list of things to choose from in the district over the long weekend.

All-weekend long

(Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

Chardonnay Three Ways — Enjoy wine matched with three Asian infused dishes, pizza also available. Wrights Vineyard and Winery, 1093 Wharerata Rd, 11am to 4pm, bookings ph 027-656-8222 or info@wrightswines.co.nz

Millton Family Picnic — Bring a picnic and enjoy quality time with loved ones on the lawn. Millton Vineyards & Winery, 119 Papatu Road, Manutuke, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm, Monday 10-4pm, ph 862-8680.

Saturday

Farmers’ Market — 9.30 to 12.30 on the corner of Stout Street and Fitzherbert Street for fresh produce, food, coffee, music and great atmosphere.

Ballance Street Village’s first Upmarket — From 11am, 26 stalls will be set up, featuring with clothing, candles, cushions, vintage tools, paintings, photography and natural products.

Celebrate Classic Chardonnay — Enjoy wine tasting and canapes. Crawford Road Kitchen, 3/50 Esplanade, inner harbour, 10.30am to midday. Tickets $40 ph 867-4085, or from i-Site.

Rose Garden Party — A picnic-style event in the vineyard among the olive trees, with live music on the lawn. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, midday to 3pm, $30 including individual picnic box and a glass of rosé, tickets from info@matawhero.co.nz

Whanau Day — Fun day for the whole whanau, with music, games and workshops in weaving, Maori instruments and weaponry. Free buses from Kaiti Mall and i-Site. Waihirere Domain, off Back Ormond Road, midday to 6pm, free entry.

Gisborne Comedy Gala — 2-5pm, Wrights Vineyard & Winery. Enjoy a selection of local comedians and there is still time if you want to be one of them. Call Geoff Wright 027-656-8222

Our Town (to Oct 27) — A narrated story of the Gibbs and Webb families over 12 years of life in town. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $22 youth, $32 adult from evolutiontheatre.org.nz/our-town

The Boomshack Band — Live band playing 50s, 60s, blues and rock. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 9.30pm to 12.30am, $15 pre-sales at Aviary, cash only, or $20 door sales.

Sunday

Allproof Industries Fishing Competition — Bring the whanau and have a great day at the beach. Cash prizes include $1000 for the heaviest snapper. Hautai Beach, East Cape, 6am to 2pm, $15 adult and $5 child. Register at the East Cape Hunting, Fishing & Tourism Club, Te Araroa with eftpos, or with cash-only on the day at the signposted beach registration tent.

Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Fair — 9.30am to 3pm, Senior Citizens Hall on Grey Street, free entry.

Hihi Wacky Races — 11am to 6pm, Makaraka Racecourse. Children under 18 free. Family fun with lots of wacky races to take part in, or watch from the grandstand with your wine and food.

Labour Weekend Fiesta-Street Food Festival — 3.30 to 7pm on Grey Street. There will be partial road closures to allow the hundreds expected to roam and enjoy food, music, arts, culture and dance. Great for the whole family and the event is licensed. Run by Heart of Gisborne.

First Light Wine & Food Festival — Midday to 7.30pm. Tickets $45 each or $30 for sober drivers. The event includes entry to the three venues — Matawhero Wines, TW Wines and Bridge Estate. For more information www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz

Wa165 steam train trip to Muriwai — BYO picnic, tea and coffee available. 1pm from Railway Station, Grey St. Tickets from i-Site/ph 868-6139 for credit card bookings. $70 family pass (2A and 2C), $30 adult, $12 child. Unsold tickets at station half an hour before departure, cash only.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise — Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1 inner harbour, weather permitting, 2pm, $20 adult, $10 child u12, pay at gate. Ph Brian 027-474-9360.

Wine & Food After-party — Featuring IRB and The Ashes. Smash Palace, 6pm to 9pm, free entry.

Check out the facebook pages for Heart of Gisborne, Wrights Vineyard & Winery and Hihi Wines for more information.

The best news about this Labour Weekend is the weather. The sunshine symbol appears every day in the MetService forecast with a high of 23 degrees, so remember a hat and sunscreen. Here is a list of things to choose from in the district over the long weekend.

All-weekend long

(Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

Chardonnay Three Ways — Enjoy wine matched with three Asian infused dishes, pizza also available. Wrights Vineyard and Winery, 1093 Wharerata Rd, 11am to 4pm, bookings ph 027-656-8222 or info@wrightswines.co.nz

Millton Family Picnic — Bring a picnic and enjoy quality time with loved ones on the lawn. Millton Vineyards & Winery, 119 Papatu Road, Manutuke, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm, Monday 10-4pm, ph 862-8680.

Saturday

Farmers’ Market — 9.30 to 12.30 on the corner of Stout Street and Fitzherbert Street for fresh produce, food, coffee, music and great atmosphere.

Ballance Street Village’s first Upmarket — From 11am, 26 stalls will be set up, featuring with clothing, candles, cushions, vintage tools, paintings, photography and natural products.

Celebrate Classic Chardonnay — Enjoy wine tasting and canapes. Crawford Road Kitchen, 3/50 Esplanade, inner harbour, 10.30am to midday. Tickets $40 ph 867-4085, or from i-Site.

Rose Garden Party — A picnic-style event in the vineyard among the olive trees, with live music on the lawn. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, midday to 3pm, $30 including individual picnic box and a glass of rosé, tickets from info@matawhero.co.nz

Whanau Day — Fun day for the whole whanau, with music, games and workshops in weaving, Maori instruments and weaponry. Free buses from Kaiti Mall and i-Site. Waihirere Domain, off Back Ormond Road, midday to 6pm, free entry.

Gisborne Comedy Gala — 2-5pm, Wrights Vineyard & Winery. Enjoy a selection of local comedians and there is still time if you want to be one of them. Call Geoff Wright 027-656-8222

Our Town (to Oct 27) — A narrated story of the Gibbs and Webb families over 12 years of life in town. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $22 youth, $32 adult from evolutiontheatre.org.nz/our-town

The Boomshack Band — Live band playing 50s, 60s, blues and rock. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 9.30pm to 12.30am, $15 pre-sales at Aviary, cash only, or $20 door sales.

Sunday

Allproof Industries Fishing Competition — Bring the whanau and have a great day at the beach. Cash prizes include $1000 for the heaviest snapper. Hautai Beach, East Cape, 6am to 2pm, $15 adult and $5 child. Register at the East Cape Hunting, Fishing & Tourism Club, Te Araroa with eftpos, or with cash-only on the day at the signposted beach registration tent.

Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Fair — 9.30am to 3pm, Senior Citizens Hall on Grey Street, free entry.

Hihi Wacky Races — 11am to 6pm, Makaraka Racecourse. Children under 18 free. Family fun with lots of wacky races to take part in, or watch from the grandstand with your wine and food.

Labour Weekend Fiesta-Street Food Festival — 3.30 to 7pm on Grey Street. There will be partial road closures to allow the hundreds expected to roam and enjoy food, music, arts, culture and dance. Great for the whole family and the event is licensed. Run by Heart of Gisborne.

First Light Wine & Food Festival — Midday to 7.30pm. Tickets $45 each or $30 for sober drivers. The event includes entry to the three venues — Matawhero Wines, TW Wines and Bridge Estate. For more information www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz

Wa165 steam train trip to Muriwai — BYO picnic, tea and coffee available. 1pm from Railway Station, Grey St. Tickets from i-Site/ph 868-6139 for credit card bookings. $70 family pass (2A and 2C), $30 adult, $12 child. Unsold tickets at station half an hour before departure, cash only.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise — Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1 inner harbour, weather permitting, 2pm, $20 adult, $10 child u12, pay at gate. Ph Brian 027-474-9360.

Wine & Food After-party — Featuring IRB and The Ashes. Smash Palace, 6pm to 9pm, free entry.

Check out the facebook pages for Heart of Gisborne, Wrights Vineyard & Winery and Hihi Wines for more information.

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