Festival ready for the people

22:42, Feb 07 2013
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Jade King came second.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Chris Davies and partner Jodine Twose. Jodine came second in the women's competition.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Thomas van der Burgh "hoping to impress with his brokeback mountain look".
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Rebecca Brouning wearing a Barcelona boutique dress and London bought shoes
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Lee Cooper in a Who slapped Johnny dress and pear tree bridal fashionista foot jewellery.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Lisa Nicol wearing Staceys summer dress and Andrea Biana shoes.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Winner Anna Maxwell made her dress from Trelis Cooper fabric and covered her own shoes.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Winner Trent Lindsay.
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Marlborough Wine Festival - Fashion in the Vines. Sam Grant.

The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival tents were set up in record time this year and ready for the wineries and food vendors to arrive today, said site manager Geoff Beavis.

Mr Beavis, managing his seventh festival, said setting up was simply an exercise of getting the right gear into the right space.

The site was marked out on Monday and two truck and trailer loads of tent equipment arrived on Tuesday morning.

Clare Bennett-Hughes and Toni Burn
Yealands Estate
MC Clarke Gayford lines up the contestants in the Fashion in the Vines competition
Matt O'Neill came third
Amanda White came second in women's fashion
Winner women's fashion, Mary-Ellen Orchard
Winner men's fashion, Rob Sirrine from the USA is interviewed by judge James Harrison
Rob Sirrine and Mary-Ellen Orchard.
Andrea Jarden and Jeremy Watts
Alex Stier and Mirko Harnisch from Germany enjoy an Ora Pizza.
Tess Landon-Lane and Natalie McDonald,
Jenna Broadhurst, Kate Leary, Katy Perry, Katie Hoggins, Louise Paterson, Greg Lane
Hen's party for Sonia Kennedy-Haugh (centre).
Winners of best site: No1 Family Vineyard.
Winners of the wine and food match: Errol Wilkinson from Ora Extra Virgin Pizzas with Kylie Cornelius, Vavasour wine and Mark Heard
Lucie Cary, Jared Nicholl, Michael Berry, Simon Wong
Christine Shelton, Lee Dobson, Adele le Brun, Kelly Thompson, Steve Dobson, Hayley Keown.
Jo Cowland with plates of garlic prawns
Mike Soper, Jim Hyndman, Ben Eden, Emily Neill, Hayley Cooke.
Gena Birthles and Anna Simpson
Juzzaman Carlyle, carlos Whitworth, Nath Ford, James Brydon
Shaun Perder, Royce McCarthey, Edmond Brun
Crepe maker Marc Danzer.
Ian Allen
Jonas and Sophie Danngeus from Sweden enjoyng an Indian curry from Village India.
Johanneshof Cellars: Martin Foley, Rachael Foley, Peter Morice, Edel Everling, Warwick Foley.
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Marlborough Wine Festival
Tahuna Breaks gets the crowd moving
Greg Campbell, Vic Bunting, Andrea Newman,
Party over. Time to go home
Girls on tour

"This is the earliest we've been set up," he said yesterday about 4pm.

Members of the Blenheim Rowing Club would help pack away the Brancott vineyard site, on Brancott Rd off New Renwick Rd, on Saturday night, Mr Beavis said.

"The event finishes at 6pm and we are pretty much straight into it. We will work to about 9.30pm and start again the following morning at 8.30am."


Geoff Beavis
Ready: Marlborough Wine and Food Festival site manager Geoff Beavis says the tents were set up in record time this year.

The team should be finished by 2pm on Sunday.

"By that stage, a rather large cold beer will be waiting for me."

Francesca Pechenino,
Bring it on: Event assistant organisers Francesca Pechenino, left, and Becky Wiford prepare for tomorrow’s big day

Before then, Mr Beavis planned to make the most of the festival, organised by Wine Marlborough.

His highlight was sending a text to the Nanchang pilot who flies the vintage aircraft over the festival.

"He will be buzzing around the foothills of the Wither Hills then he'll come in full noise, low level.

"I always get someone from the crowd to hit the ‘send' button and say ‘Watch this'. You see everybody sitting down here and their heads rock up."

Festival stage manager Tim Scandrett said the sound equipment arrived at 1pm today.

It takes about five hours to set up before they start sound checks, Mr Scandrett said.

"Everything will be all right by the end of the night, hopefully by 9pm," he said.

"But it has to be right, so we'll be finished when we are finished."

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said yesterday only the security fencing and fire extinguishers needed to be erected.

More than 60 wineries and 25 food sites, including TV One's The Food Truck, were attending this year's festival, Mr Pickens said.

He expected more than 7000 people to attend.

Ticket sales had spiked this week, Mr Pickens said.

"It's really taken off. All the locals leave it quite late but everyone wants a ticket now."

Tickets are available at Blenheim i-Site or at the gate on Saturday.

The centre of Blenheim will be closed from 9am till 4pm today for the Annual Festival Market Day.


Bus transport to the Wine and Food Festival runs from 10.30am till 2pm from the following stops:



The last bus departing the festival will leave at 7pm.

Tickets are available on the day from the driver.

A return fare is $15.

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