Ripe – The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival News

Event Postponed to March 18, 2023


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, www.ripewineco.nz 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”

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