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Festival Hours 10:30am - 6pm, Saturday 10th Feb

First Time at the Festival

If you are a first timer to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival below are some tips and information which will help you plan your day at New Zealand’s favourite wine festival:

Money Facilities

We strongly recommend that you bring CASH as your primary form of payment on the day. While there will be cash facilities on-site, bringing your own cash will ensure you skip the queues!

Finding Accommodation

Accommodation in Blenheim books out really quickly over the Festival weekend so it is best to book well in advance to ensure you don't miss out. Please check out the travel and accommodation section of the website or email Marlborough i-sites

Getting There and Back

We recommend you use the bus transport system that is available to and from the festival site, as the location is approximately 15km out of town – not within walking distance (check out out Transport Page with all the details). If you are taking a designated driver, car parking is provided and is $5 per day with this donation going to the Blenheim Lions Club. A free bus shuttle is provided to and from the festival site from the car park throughout the day.

What do you get for your ticket?

Entry into the main Festival site, a full day of culinary and musical entertainment, a souvenir Festival glass and a Festival programme.

Culinary Delights!

There will be a large number of food producers at the Festival offering a range of different cuisines and produce. From delicious local seafood to wild meats, cheese, waffles and homemade ice cream, there are plenty of delights to try! If you have special dietary requirements, then we recommend that you consult with us for information regarding food sites that can cater for your requirements.


  • Wine sales cease sharply at 5:30pm with the Festival coming to a close at 6pm
  • There are no bottle sales at the festival
  • After 3pm, festival goers are only allowed to purchase 2 glasses per person per purchase
  • Wine pours come in two measures – a 'Tasting' measure @ 47ml and a 'Glass' measure @ 120ml. The cost of wine pours are dictated by the wineries and therefore do vary, however, as an indicator, the average for a glass of wine is listed below:
  • Sauvignon Blanc: $4 - $8
  • Pinot Gris: $4 - $8
  • Riesling: $4 - $8
  • Chardonnay: $5 - $10
  • Pinot Noir: $6 - $12

What should you bring?

Over the years the weather at the Festival has always been very consistent with lots of sun, so make sure you bring CASH, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. However make sure you keep an eye on the website for the latest weather updates.

Please note - free drinking water will also be available at various locations around the site for you to refill your bottles! We will also have the fantastic team from Liquid Action walking through the crowd with their portable water carriers ready to full your glass!!

Can I Bring Babies & Children Along?

Sorry no, for licensing purposes the event is strictly R18 - we are unable to make exceptions so please avoid any embarrassment by asking!

Can I smoke at the festival?

We pride ourselves on our smokefree policy and endeavour to keep the stunning Brancott Vineyard pristine and beautiful. However we do have two clearly marked Smoking Areas which we ask you to make use of if you are a smoker. Smoking anywhere else on the site will not be permitted.

Will there be a photographer at the festival?

Yes! Please be aware that your photo may be taken during the day by our roaming photographer and may be used for future promotional purposes.

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