Tickets for wine and food fest selling fast

Accommodation providers enjoying busy times.

Accommodation providers enjoying busy times.

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All 2000 tickets for Gisborne’s annual Labour Day weekend wine and food festival are expected to sell out more than two weeks away from the big day.

“We are nearly sold out, which is awesome,” First Light Wine and Food Festival event manager Georgina Kemp said.

“We are way ahead of where we were last year. We only have 300 tickets left. So, I would imagine it is going to sell out in the next week.

“If you have thoughts of going then you are better to just get your ticket to secure your place because there will be none on the day.”

Ms Kemp said the event retained the same successful format as last year, with bus rides to and from the three venues included in the $45 ticket price.

“We have three sites — Matawhero Wines, TW Wines and Bridge Estate.

“There is live entertainment, with a main band at each venue and then other acoustic and jazz acts. There’s basically live entertainment at each venue, every day.”

Gates to the venues open at midday, with buses leaving the Gisborne i-Site at 11.30am. The event runs until 7pm and buses will return to the Bright Street bus stop.

Food will be provided by Flagship Eatery at the TW Wines venue, while Smokehouse Cuisine and Reka will provide food at Matawhero Wines and Bridge Estate, respectively.

Ms Kemp said all the venues were “super excited”.

“We’re into our 21st year, in the tradition of having a wine and food festival on Labour Day weekend. We’ve worked closely with Activate Tairawhiti and it’s a good way to get a bus around our wine region, so people can get to see a bit of Gisborne.”

The festival would also be surrounded by a host of other wine events happening over the whole weekend, ahead of the main Sunday event.

Intoxication levels would be closely monitored by staff and police.

Matawhero Wines owner Kirsten Searle said she expected those attending to be a 50/50 mix of locals and people from out of town.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing our wine and food because the weekend marks the start of the summer season for Gisborne, so it’s nice to create an event that people want to come to.”

Matawhero Wines would also have a Rose Garden party on the Saturday, while Wrights Vineyard and Winery would also run a Labour weekend event on the same day.

With more than 300 players and coaches in the national Maori hockey tournament over Labour weekend also due to bring an unknown number of supporters and family with them from around New Zealand, accommodation for the weekend is at a premium.

The Waikanae Beach TOP10 Holiday Park’s roofed accommodation units are fully booked for the whole weekend and its campsites are expected to fill up closer to the date dependent on the weather.

Teal Motor Lodge manager Stewart Haynes said things had certainly been busy for accommodation providers throughout October.

“We have got the Show coming up of course, that’s the next event that Gisborne has got and certainly, for us, that weekend is fairly busy. Then after the Show you have Labour Weekend.

But he said, “we’ve certainly got pockets of availability for Labour weekend”.

“We’ve started off our season with a bit of a bang, it’s great.”

  • There will be just one public Wa165 train trip running on the Saturday for Labour weekend.
  • The Sunday trip in the Gisborne Herald Go-To Guide is in fact a charter trip for Jukes Carriers which is celebrating 100 years.
  • The public run on Saturday, October 26 will depart from the Railway Station at 1pm.

All 2000 tickets for Gisborne’s annual Labour Day weekend wine and food festival are expected to sell out more than two weeks away from the big day.

“We are nearly sold out, which is awesome,” First Light Wine and Food Festival event manager Georgina Kemp said.

“We are way ahead of where we were last year. We only have 300 tickets left. So, I would imagine it is going to sell out in the next week.

“If you have thoughts of going then you are better to just get your ticket to secure your place because there will be none on the day.”

Ms Kemp said the event retained the same successful format as last year, with bus rides to and from the three venues included in the $45 ticket price.

“We have three sites — Matawhero Wines, TW Wines and Bridge Estate.

“There is live entertainment, with a main band at each venue and then other acoustic and jazz acts. There’s basically live entertainment at each venue, every day.”

Gates to the venues open at midday, with buses leaving the Gisborne i-Site at 11.30am. The event runs until 7pm and buses will return to the Bright Street bus stop.

Food will be provided by Flagship Eatery at the TW Wines venue, while Smokehouse Cuisine and Reka will provide food at Matawhero Wines and Bridge Estate, respectively.

Ms Kemp said all the venues were “super excited”.

“We’re into our 21st year, in the tradition of having a wine and food festival on Labour Day weekend. We’ve worked closely with Activate Tairawhiti and it’s a good way to get a bus around our wine region, so people can get to see a bit of Gisborne.”

The festival would also be surrounded by a host of other wine events happening over the whole weekend, ahead of the main Sunday event.

Intoxication levels would be closely monitored by staff and police.

Matawhero Wines owner Kirsten Searle said she expected those attending to be a 50/50 mix of locals and people from out of town.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing our wine and food because the weekend marks the start of the summer season for Gisborne, so it’s nice to create an event that people want to come to.”

Matawhero Wines would also have a Rose Garden party on the Saturday, while Wrights Vineyard and Winery would also run a Labour weekend event on the same day.

With more than 300 players and coaches in the national Maori hockey tournament over Labour weekend also due to bring an unknown number of supporters and family with them from around New Zealand, accommodation for the weekend is at a premium.

The Waikanae Beach TOP10 Holiday Park’s roofed accommodation units are fully booked for the whole weekend and its campsites are expected to fill up closer to the date dependent on the weather.

Teal Motor Lodge manager Stewart Haynes said things had certainly been busy for accommodation providers throughout October.

“We have got the Show coming up of course, that’s the next event that Gisborne has got and certainly, for us, that weekend is fairly busy. Then after the Show you have Labour Weekend.

But he said, “we’ve certainly got pockets of availability for Labour weekend”.

“We’ve started off our season with a bit of a bang, it’s great.”

  • There will be just one public Wa165 train trip running on the Saturday for Labour weekend.
  • The Sunday trip in the Gisborne Herald Go-To Guide is in fact a charter trip for Jukes Carriers which is celebrating 100 years.
  • The public run on Saturday, October 26 will depart from the Railway Station at 1pm.

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