Wine and food enthusiasts keen to experience Toast Martinborough 2012 are advised to act quickly when tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 3.
The festival has a well-established reputation as one of New Zealand's premier wine and food events. Organisers anticipate that, as in previous years, all 10,000 tickets for the November 18 festival will sell out in minutes.
"This is a once-a-year opportunity to enjoy outstanding wines from 10 of Martinborough's award-winning vineyards, while enjoying superb food and live music and entertainment," says Toast Martinborough general manager Rachael Fletcher.
The 2012 participating vineyards will be Alana Estate, Ata Rangi, Escarpment, Margrain Vineyard, Martinborough Vineyard/Burnt Spur Vineyard, Muirlea Rise, Palliser Estate, Te Kairanga Wines, Tirohana Estate and Vynfields. Well-known caterers and restaurateurs from the Wairarapa and Wellington regions will offer a menu of carefully matched, restaurant-quality food, and some of New Zealand's most popular artists will perform.
They include The Beat Girls, The Warratahs, Uncle Monkey, Vinyl Bison, the Nairobi Trio, Twinset and The Eggs.
"Once again, Toast Martinborough will offer an amazing day in the vines," says Fletcher.
"What's more, festival-goers can enjoy the region's hospitality well after the event; using their unspent 'francs' they can buy wine vouchers for the vineyards of their choice."
Fletcher recommends the new Toast Martinborough app for smartphones. Festival-goers will have access to festival information at their fingertips, plus an interactive map that will highlight their proximity to festival sites. "It has all the latest news and information, as well as tips for first-time visitors."
Alana Estate: Cuisine - Sarah Searancke Catering; Entertainment - Brian Childs as Elvis, Avidiva, Nick and the Noodles.
Ata Rangi: Cuisine - Ruth Pretty Catering; Entertainment - The Eastern, Twinset, The Eggs.
Escarpment: Cuisine - Hester Guy; Entertainment - Nairobi Trio, Five Mile Town.
Margrain Vineyard: Cuisine - The Vineyard Cafe; Entertainment - Rodger Fox Band.
Martinborough Vineyard and Burnt Spur Vineyard; Cuisine - Chris Boswell Catering; Entertainment - Uncle Monkey, Crooner Central with Steve Carlin.
Muirlea Rise: Cuisine - Fine Cuisine; Entertainment - Fig Jam, Jedi Nights.
Palliser Estate: Cuisine - Bar Salute; Entertainment - Conway Jeune, The Beat Girls.
Te Kairanga Wines: Cuisine - Wharekauhau Country Estate; Entertainment - Vinyl Bison, The Dufraines, Fondue.
Tirohana Estate: Cuisine - Tirohana Cellars Restaurant; Entertainment - Contagious, Livewire.
Vynfields: Cuisine - Chameleon Restaurant; Entertainment - The Warratahs, The Shenanigans.
For more information, programme details and images, visit toastmartinborough.co.nz.
- The Dominion Post
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