Toast Martinborough general manager Rachael Fletcher says festival-goers should make sure they have arranged transport to and from the venue, take their cellphones, and dress in layers to be prepared for Martinborough's "micro-climate".
Once they have arrived, they should exchange money for "festival francs", but her advice is not to buy them all at once, as they can top up throughout the day.
Concentrating on two or three vineyards is recommended, as it is difficult to properly experience what all 10 vineyards have to offer, she says.
This year, a new Toast app allows those with smartphones to have an interactive festival programme at their ﬁngertips. It will also pinpoint your position and distance from other festival sites.
Proceed to The Square any time from 9.30am to exchange your ticket for your programme and day pass - a festival glass, wristband, and ribbon holder - which will allow you entry to all the festival sites and access to the shuttle buses.
Shuttle buses will operate continuously along the festival route.
WINE & FOOD
Wine and food at festival sites can be purchased only with "festival francs". Only food or drink purchased at sites is permitted on sites.
People can exchange any unspent francs for wine vouchers for the vineyard of their choice between 3.30pm and 7pm in The Square. These are valid for three months from November 19. Bottles may not be bought from The Square to take away.
Alana Estate Restaurant: Sarah Searancke Catering
Entertainment: Brian Childs as Elvis, Avidiva, Nick and the Noodles
Ata Rangi Restaurant: Ruth Pretty Catering
Entertainment: The Eastern, Twinset, The Eggs
Margrain Vineyard Restaurant: The Vineyard Cafe
Entertainment: Rodger Fox Band
Escarpment Restaurant: Hester Guy
Entertainment: Nairobi Trio, Five Mile Town
Martinborough Vineyard and Burnt Spur Vineyard Restaurant: Chris Boswell Catering
Entertainment: Uncle Monkey, Crooner Central with Steve Carlin
Muirlea Rise Restaurant: Fine Cuisine
Entertainment: Fig Jam, Jedi Nights
Palliser Estate Restaurant: Bar Salute
Entertainment: Conway Jeune, The Beat Girls
Te Kairanga Wines Restaurant: Wharekauhau Country Estate
Entertainment: Vinyl Bison, The Dufraines, Fondue
Tirohana Estate Restaurant: Tirohana Cellars Restaurant
Entertainment: Contagious, Livewire
Vynfields Restaurant: Chameleon Restaurant
Entertainment: The Warratahs, The Shenanigans
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