Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival News

Event Postponed to March 18, 2023 – 11/02/22

Organisers have been forced to cancel this year’s event due to the current covid-19 restrictions.

Otago Event Planning Director, Nathan White, says “we simply had no choice but to cancel this year’s event with the current red-light setting limiting events to 100 people”.

“We had hoped that things may change in time, but the reality is that’s unlikely to happen and we wanted to give supporters as much notice as possible. We are obviously disappointed to be announcing this news today and know that our wine and food community will share in our sentiment.”

The Ripe Wine and Food Festival, which was due to go ahead on March 19, 2022, at the spectacular Glendhu Bay Station, has been postponed until March 18th 2023.

Ticket holders for this year’s event will have their tickets automatically rolled over to next year and do not need to take any action. Anyone unable to attend next year can gain a full refund (excluding ticket provider fees) by completing a simple form.

“As many of our supporters appreciate, running events in this crazy covid world is challenging. We hope our festival community will join us in getting excited about next year’s festival now that they have a ticket and a date to look forward to,” says Nathan

Nathan hopes to host a virtual wine event on March 19,2022, the same day as the event was due to be held.

“Details will be announced soon, but this virtual event will give lovers of Central Otago wine a chance to connect, learn and taste Central Otago Wines with some of our best-known vintners and winemakers virtually”, adds Nathan.

For those wanting to get their fix of Ripe Festival Wineries before then, offers wines from a range of the Ripe exhibitors, and is New Zealand’s only dedicated supplier of Central Otago Wines.

Ripe Festival ticket holders will receive an exclusive discount code for Ripe Wine CO so they can still enjoy the exceptional Central Otago wines they would have sampled at the festival.

Ripe finalist for NZEA

Lifestyle event of 2021


Entries into the 2021 NZ Events Association NZ Event Awards closed in June with an all-time record of 108 entries.

The 2021 Awards welcomed entries for events that took place between 2 September 2019 and 5 April 2021 (a period of 19 months). The winners will be announced at the Gala Evening at the Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre in Hastings on Thursday, 30 September.

Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival has been recognised as one of the finest lifestyle events in the country.

After a successful first year, the festival has been included in a list of finalists for the 2021 NZ Events Association’s Awards.

Festival organiser and Wānaka resident, Nathan White, said that the team were humbled by the announcement.

“I am extremely proud that the inaugural festival has been officially recognised to be what we set out to build – one of the premium lifestyle events in New Zealand”

White said that the event was “perfect”, with planning for next year’s festival already underway. “The 2022 event is in the early stages of design, it will again be held over Otago Anniversary Weekend and we have some changes being worked through at the moment which will make the event even better than 2021”

Ripe announces the creation of ‘The Quartz Reef Wine Shed’ – 03/02/21

Quartz Reef have entered into a dream partnership with Ripe and will host the entertainment being held in the woolshed at Corbridge this March 21st. Quartz Reef have the same love of the land that Nadia Lim represents through her nude food and love of using organic foods. Quartz reef wine are a BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic winery. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with a respectful and non-interventive philosophy.

Bendigo wine region pioneer Rudi Bauer will present a wine tasting of three of his favourite Quartz Reef specialties. Then Cameron Douglas MS will present Swirl, Sniff, Sip. A fun and educational wine tasting where guests will learn exactly what they should be noting when they taste their next wine! Followed by the famous Nadia Lim and a cooking show teaching about the goodness that Central Otago produces and how to make a delicious meal out of it!

Cameron Douglas, MS to join the Grand Central Showcase lineup – 28/11/20

One of New Zealand’s biggest names in the wine industry, Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas, will appear as a special guest at the 2021 festival. The Wānaka Wine and Food Festival has secured Douglas, an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge and reviewer, to host a presentation at the inaugural festival

Cameron will be engaging the audience with a fun but educational session on wine tasting before joining the guests tasting a selection of wines he has curated from the festival vendors.

Early Bird and VIP ticket options sold out! – 04/11/20

Tickets are proving to be very popular (as expected)! It has taken less than 3 weeks to sell out the Early Bird and VIP tickets to the 2021 edition of Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival. If you haven’t got yours yet, we would highly recommend buying one soon to avoid missing out on the event of the year. If you have got yours…..well done!

Nadia Lim Confirmed for the Grand Central Woolshed – 01/11/20

Nadia is known by every Kiwi. Celebrity chef, dietician, writer, columnist, business owner – Nadia is a force to be reckoned with and she has truly revolutionised the New Zealand food scene with her business My Food Bag delivering healthy, delicious dinners to thousands of households every single week.

Nadia will join us to hold a one-off cooking demonstration showcasing the best of the Central Otago produce in what’s sure to be a memorable and tasty event.

For tickets to see Nadia please add these to your ticket purchase – numbers are limited so get in quick.

The Jordan Luck Band to headline – 21/10/20

The best of the South, the Jordan Luck Band will be keeping us all entertained with hits from The Exponents right up to the latest tunes from the band. Sure to form an awesome back drop to what promises to be a great afternoon.

RIPE – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival Foundation Vendors – 06/10/20

The first fine establishments to feature at RIPE – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival 2021 are some of the best in the region. Just a sample of the quality to come, more to be announced so keep your eye on the news page for updates.

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