Festival Info - Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

2018 Ticket Information

General Admission Tickets $60 + fees

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival held in a world-renowned wine producing region. Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards – Brancott Vineyard. Buy your tickets HERE!

Your festival ticket gets you:

  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 10:30am – 6pm (wine sales stop at 5:30pm)
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival programme

VIP Tickets $300 + fees Sold out

Selling out in record time in 2017, this year’s VIP tickets will be the hottest in town. The VIP ticket will give you access into the festival, as well as access into the VIP area, where you’ll have some of our very best food and drink included for the day. Brilliant local produce will be prepared by the award winning Arbour Restaurant and you’ll be treated to a seafood raw bar and some of Marlborough’s best dishes throughout the day. We’re getting the gold medal winning wines from the Marlborough Wine Show which will be served all day long as well as beer from a top Marlborough brewery.

Please note these tickets are strictly for 18+ and are limited.

Your VIP ticket gets you:

  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
  • Access to the VIP area which includes all food and drink during the day, food by Marlborough’s hatted Arbour Restaurant and award winning wines from Marlborough
  • Wines available from medal winning wines from the Marlborough Wine Show
  • VIP luxury loos available for VIP ticket holders
  • Beer throughout the day, the only place beer is available within the festival
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival catalogue

Platinum Package LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE! $1,500 + fees sold as a package for two (2) guests

If you want the VVVIP treatment for the festival then keep reading. This year we are offering another type of luxury at the festival called the Platinum Package.  This includes pick up from town by our sponsor Toyota Blenheim where you’ll be delivered to Omaka Airfield for your flight by helicopter into the festival. This ticket type not only gets you access to the entire festival it also includes an exclusive back stage tour of the main stage plus access to the VIP area which includes all your food and drink for the day. This is a money can’t buy experience and tickets are very limited.

Terms and conditions do apply so please read carefully before purchasing tickets. Tickets are only available to those over the age of 18.

Your festival ticket gets you:

  • Chauffeur pick up in a new Toyota vehicle from central Blenheim (location TBC once ticket has been purchased) and taken to Omaka Airfield (not a private collection and different locations)
  • Return helicopter access to and from the festival for two guests* (set times on both trips)
  • Entry into the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
  • Access to the VIP area which includes all food and drink during the day, food by Marlborough’s hatted restaurant Arbour Restaurant and award winning wines from Marlborough
  • Trophy and medal winning wines from the Marlborough Wine Show, poured throughout the day
  • VIP chefs table session, an exclusive session and tasting of Marlborough produce with head chef Bradley Hornby from Arbour Restaurant (please note: you’ll be in a small group, not one-on-one)
  • VIP luxury loos only accessible by VIP ticket holders
  • Beer throughout the day, the only place beer is available within the festival
  • Backstage pass to the Main Stage for a meet and greet of the bands
  • Guided tour of the festival with a Marlborough winemaker / tour guide (does include some tastings but not all, again you’ll be in a small group not one-on-one)
  • One ticket per person available to a wine masterclass of your choice (see masterclass sessions for more details)
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • Full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival programme

We have limited tickets available so please contact us direct should you wish to book tickets at events@wine-marlborough.co.nz

Masterclasses $35 per person + fees

11am The Marlborough Sub Regions: Taking the lens closer

Marlborough is renowned for creating world class Sauvignon Blanc but how much do they differ from each of the three sites within Marlborough? This is your opportunity to learn more about the differences between each sub-region and why it’s important to learn the story of the Southern Valleys, Wairau and the Awatere Valley. You’ll have six wines to taste (two from each region) and a guided virtual tour / tasting from some of Marlborough’s best winemakers. Please note: limited places available, no food is matched with this masterclass. You will also need to purchase a general admission ticket to festival

12:45pm Say Cheese: Marlborough Aromatics and Cheese

As well as our delicious local cheeses, Marlborough’s’ aromatic varieties of Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling and Gewurztraminer are quickly becoming world renowned. Fragrant, spicy and sultry wine styles that perfectly complement or contrast our diversity of cheeses from the delicate to the funky and the downright moreish. Join us as we take you through five wines and five cheese to match with some of Marlborough best cheese and winemakers.

2:30pm Just Desserts: Chocolate and Marlborough Pinot Noir

Two of the world’s best vices together in the one session. This masterclass we’ll explore the controversial match of chocolate and some of Marlborough’s best Pinot Noirs. This session we’ll explore five Marlborough Pinot Noirs and how they match our local chocolate. This has long been discussed and we’ll see how the sweet and bitter flavours of each wine and chocolate go together and how they can be paired at home.



Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest places, located at the top of the South Island. The region is home to the towns of Blenheim, Picton and Havelock along with many small settlements dotted around the area. We have plenty of things you can do whilst you’re in town, a couple of things we’ve listed for you below call up our friendly local i-Site team on 03-577 8080 who can help you plan your ultimate weekend escape. 


Twilight Cruise 9 Feb 2018

Experience a wonderful Marlborough Sounds dinner cruise at twilight. Friday 9 February 2018.

Buses will depart Blenheim at 5pm for Picton where guests will board the Marlborough Tour Company launch MV Odyssea and cruise into the Marlborough Sounds for an evening of fine wine, delicious cuisine and stunning scenery.

To start enjoy fantastic seafood tasting of Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, followed by a fabulous dinner onboard the boat. For dinner choose from a divine selection of hot meats from the BBQ, Regal salmon, and fresh salads. Fully licensed bar facilities on board for all beverage purchases.

Friday prior to the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

This pre-festival cruise has become legendary and will sell out (tickets strictly limited).

Tour Overview BOOK HERE

4.5 hours
4.45pm check in, Seymour Square Bus Stop, 20 Seymour Street, Blenheim

$150.00 per person

One off cruise: Friday 9 February 2018
Bus & Seafood Odyssea (20 metre catamaran)
Visit the following link to book tickets direct – http://www.marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz/unique-tours-cruises/twilight-sounds-cruise

WINE & FOOD WIND DOWN 2018 – Sun 11th Feb 2018  FREE ENTRY 

The Vines Village, 193 Rapaura Rd

Relax and unwind at the Wine & Food Wind Down 2018 – a free family friendly festival celebrating the best of Marlborough food, wine & beer set amongst the expansive grounds of The Vines Village, Marlborough on Sunday after the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival from 10am til 5pm.

It’s the biggest weekend of the year in Marlborough so unwind in style after a monster Saturday and complete your weekend by savouring the award winning full wine range from Whitehaven Wines, craft beer from Golden Mile Brewing, refreshing Adam & Eve Cider and Banjo Brews Kombucha on ice from the outdoor bar as well as a gourmet BBQ from the VVC crew, Peter The Swiss Butcher, Dvine Marlborough Gelato. Live music from 11am on the outdoor lakeside stage.

More details at vinesvillagecafe.co.nz/events and on Facebook.


Free entry


Tickets to the 2018 festival are now available via Ticketek. All ticket types are available however we do only have a limited amount of tickets available. More about those ticket types can be found here.

No food to be brought on-site without permission and an exemption letter from Wine Marlborough or the Festival organisers. If you have any questions please contact us via email at events@wine-marlborough.co.nz

Please drink lots of water throughout the day. There are water stations around the site (marked W on the programme) and Liquid Action will have mobile water carriers providing water to everyone at the festival. This year we have a proud water sponsors, Antipodes who’ll be serving New Zealand still and sparkling water.

Proof of age may be required for entry, or at any time even if in possession of a wristband. The only accepted forms of ID will be in the form that have already been approved under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 which are;

  • Any current passport
  • A current New Zealand driver licence
  • A hospitality NZ 18+ card

Alcohol service will begin at 10:30am once festival gates open and cease at 5:30pm. Alcohol will only be served in the official festival glass, and to person 18 years or over wearing a wristband.


Ritchies Coachlines provide bus services from Blenheim and Renwick and Sounds Connection provide a bus service from Picton.


Bus transport to the Festival commences from 10.00am until 2.00pm. Buses will operate two routes to and from the Festival. The bus stops for these two routes are:

NORTH: KFC (Grove Road), 15 Stuart St, Seymour Square and Springlands Countdown.

SOUTH: Redwoodtown Countdown, 98 Wither Rd and 18 Wither Rd.

Tickets can be purchased from the bus stops before boarding the bus. Tickets are $20.00 return (no one way tickets to the Festival available). There are no refunds for tickets once purchased.


Bus Transport from the Festival will operate at regular intervals from 3.00pm until the end of the event. There will be two loading bays for buses back to Blenheim; one for the North Route and one for the South Route. For those who do not have a return bus ticket, a one-way ticket from the Festival can be purchased at the Festival site for $15.00.

Passengers could experience delays in leaving the Festival site at the end of the event. Every endeavour will be made to clear passengers as soon as possible, however delays of between 60 and 90 minutes could occur after the Festival. The last bus is scheduled to depart at 6.30pm.


Tickets are available on the day from the driver. Tickets are $20.00 return (no one way tickets to the Festival available). Departure times are: 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am & 11.30am from Renwick Supervalue. There are no refunds on tickets once purchased.


Buses from the Festival back to Renwick will depart at regular intervals (approximately every 30 minutes) from 5.00pm until the end of the event. For those who do not have a return bus ticket, a one-way ticket from the Festival can be purchased at the Festival site for $15.00. The last bus for Renwick will depart at 6.00pm.


Sounds Connection provides return transport from Picton to the Festival site. Departure times are: 9.00am, 10.45am, 12.15pm. Return transport will be between 3.00pm – 7.00pm. Cost is $35 per person return. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Sounds Connection. 0800 742 866. www.soundsconnection.com


Precision Helicopters provide helicopter transfers from Omaka to the Festival site for $125pp. Please contact them directly for more information and bookings. They also provide scenic flights during the day, just follow the directions on the site map. 0800 435 448. www.precisionhelicopters.nz


Parking is available near the festival site at a cost of $5. Follow signs and directions from Brancott Road. Shuttles will run to and from the car park to the Festival entrance throughout the day. There is strictly no smoking or drinking in the car parking area. There will be check points and breath testing on departure.


We recommend booking these well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Getting to Marlborough is easy, with regular direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus linking flights from smaller centres. There are also daily ferries from Wellington to/from Picton, regular trains to/from Christchurch along with excellent roads linking Marlborough with Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Nelson and the West Coast of the South Island. Once you’re here, there are a number of transport services available to move your groups around freely, with no traffic congestions.

For more information about it visit Destination Marlborough here

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay whilst you’re in Marlborough, visit the following link to give you an overview of accommodation providers.

If you wanted a more personal itinerary whilst you’re in town, contact the friendly team at the Blenheim i-Site. They can be contacted during business hours on +61 3 577 8080.

Certified Self Contained Motorhome and Caravan Parking

If you’re thinking about staying in your self container motorhome or staying in a caravan, some details below for you.

Gate 720 New Renwick Road Fairhill.
  • Available from Friday afternoon Friday 9th February until Sunday 11th Feb.
  • Charges: $25.00 per van for the weekend (shuttle included).
  • You must hold an event ticket. Book her festival tickets here 
  • Dogs ok, please keep on a leash at all times.

Enquiries and bookings can be made to Ian Simmons, mobile 021566516 or iansimmo60@gmail.com

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