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Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is back after two-year hiatus

New Zealand’s longest-running food and wine festival is set to return in 2023 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

This will be the 36th Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, featuring newcomers such as Rimapere Vineyard and The Uncommon Wine of New Zealand alongside family-owned wineries that have exhibited at the festival for many years, including Hunter’s Wines, Forrest Wines and Wairau River Wines.

General Manager of Wine Marlborough Marcus Pickens says the heritage festival has a proven recipe for success.

“This will be a stellar event after a tough couple of years for the viticulture industry and wineries, chefs, caterers and bands are ready to celebrate what’s special about our region – amazing wine, delicious food, and friendly people,” he says.

Marcus says the festival has seen a steady increase in attendees from Auckland and Canterbury, attributing this its reputation, heritage status – and Marlborough wine.

“We love it when people centre their Top of the South visit around the festival, working in some excellent outdoor adventures to their itinerary and adding more wineries and restaurants to their Marlborough must-do list,” he says.

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