Our picks for the top beer, wine and spirits fests happening around the country this January and February…
Bridge Pa Wine Festival
When: Saturday, 20 January
Where: Bridge Pa Triangle, Hawke’s Bay
Tickets: From $60, click here
Eight wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawke’s Bay are once again coming together to run the Annual Bridge Pa Wine Festival for the 10th consecutive year.
The Bridge Pa wineries benefit from being close to each other and all wineries will be connected by Hop On/Hop Off Buses throughout the day, allowing attendees to visit multiple wineries and enjoy a wide range of wine experiences.
Each winery has different offerings of wine, food, and music and the wineries involved are Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge Winery, Oak Estate, Paritua Winery, Sileni Wines, RedMetal Vineyards and Zaria Wines.
Rhythm & Brews
When: Saturday, January 20
Where: Fiordland Events Centre, Te Anau, Southland
Tickets: $50, click here
An afternoon savouring local music and craft beers from around the southern region, including several Central Otago breweries.
People come from near and far to lap up the relaxed festival vibes as beers, wines and Southland fare are served up through a selection of the regions food trucks.
It’s a true Summer festival with people soaking up the atmosphere and chilling out in the surrounds of the Te Anau Basin. You might even get an urge to take a dip in the lake!
When: Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21
Where: Frank Kitts Park, Wellington
Tickets: From $49, click here
Join the celebration of all things gin with New Zealand’s original single-site gin festival.
On offer is a line-up of 29 distillers showcasing more than 90 gins from New Zealand and around the world.
Explore the art of the craft, the flavours and botanicals, buy a cocktail or two, educate yourself in the Gin Theatre or just sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
Tickets include samples from all distillers.
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2024
When: Saturday, 27 January
Where: Hagley Park Special Events Centre, Christchurch
Tickets: From $49, click here
Christchurch’s Hagley Park is set to feature a line-up of more than 40 breweries spanning the entire map of Aotearoa.
From the tip-top north to the deep south and every hop in between, The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2024 has more than 300 distinct brews and ciders on tap, all day long.
So, whether you’re into a crisp lager, a daring IPA, or something more experimental – they’ve got your taste buds covered.
Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
When: Saturday, 10 February
Where: Renwick Domain, Marlborough
Tickets: From $67.50, click here
New Zealand’s longest-running wine and food festival is set to take place on Saturday, 10th February 2024.
Held in the heart of Marlborough’s wine country, sample Marlborough’s world-class wines from local wineries and be captivated by Marlborough’s best day out in the heart of wine country.
For a list of participating wineries, click here.
South Island Beer Festival
When: Saturday, February 17
Where: Ilam Homestead
Tickets: $52, click here (sober tickets also available for $14)
Held at the historic Ilam Homestead, the South Island Beer Festival features more than 30 beers and ciders from craft breweries all over the South Island.
Ticket price includes festival glass, wristband and programme, plus five beers.
For those who purchase a sober ticket, you will receive a festival sober glass and an identifying wristband. Note that as a sober ticket holder you will not be able to purchase or use a drink card for alcoholic beverages.
Wellington Wine & Food Festival
When: Saturday, February 24
Where: Waitangi Park, Wellington
Tickets: From $37.50, click here
A great range of beverages, delicious food and live music – the perfect combination for a day in the sun with friends!
Elevating the festival atmosphere, some of New Zealand’s top musicians will be providing live music to keep the festival alive and the vibes high.
Adding a touch of sophistication, the festival offers champagne, gin, and cocktail bars, providing a twist to your favourite beverage choices.
Alternatively, you can indulge in the local craft beer, ciders, seltzers, and wines, creating a diverse and satisfying selection for your day out.
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