Festival Info & Tickets - Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

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2020 Ticket Information

Local Only Tickets


Online Only Pre Sale


Sign up to receive an email link on 23 September to get your super early bird ticket. $57.50 incl. booking fee. Limited availability.

General Admission Tickets


$62.50 incl. booking fee.

Your GA 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


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.

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
  • Medal-winning wines available
  • 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
  • A 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 backstage 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 (location TBC once the 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
  • Medal-winning wines poured throughout the day
  • VIP chefs table session, (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)
  • Marlborough Wine & Food Festival souvenir glass
  • A full day of entertainment
  • Access to the Culinary Pavilion
  • Festival programme

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

Masterclasses $35 per person + fees


Masterclass #1 Sauvignon Blanc & Cheese

Sample six local wines with a tasting plate of local cheeses. This 60-minute masterclass gives you a deeper insight into the drop that Marlborough is world-famous for and the wonderful cheesemakers we have in our region.

Masterclass #2 The Secrets of Sashimi

The Secrets of Sashimi – Hosted by award-winning Marlborough Winemakers and a world renowned chef. A 60-minute masterclass showcasing the art, preparation, presentation, and culture of Sashimi. Learn how to select the perfect fish and prepare the highest quality pieces whilst trying Award-winning Marlborough wines perfectly paired with seafood.

Please note this event is strictly 18+.
Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable. Management reserves the right to prohibit entry of all persons under the influence of drugs and alcohol, showing disorderly or inappropriate behaviour.



What else is on during Festival weekend?

There’s usually a market on Friday night in town, as well as a number of winery dinners and other events throughout the weekend. We’ll put a full list of what else is on in Marlborough over Festival weekend closer to the time.

Brancott Pre Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Soiree – more info here.

How do I get to Marlborough?

Fly into Blenheim airport or Nelson Airport and hire a rental car. Ferry to Picton with Interisalnder or Bluebridge. Drive to Blenheim. State Highway 1 is now open if you’re coming from Christchurch or further south. Look at live updates on State Highway 1 online.

Where can I stay?

It’s best if you stay in Blenheim so it’s easy for you to catch buses. There are hotels and motels but we recommend booking well in advance as these fill up very early on. There are no buses running from Nelson to the Festival so you’ll need to hire a rental car if that’s where you are flying in to.

We want to visit cellar doors and wineries

Brilliant! There are 34 cellar doors or tasting rooms in Marlborough. Take a look at the Marlborough Wine Trail Map to plan where you’ll go. You can see on the map which wineries have restaurants too.

Who can help me plan my visit?

Blenehim iSITE or www.marlboroughnz.co.nz


When do tickets go on sale?

We will announce the dates mid-2019, however, it is usually around October for VIP and General Admission. Blenheim locals get their chance a little earlier.

Where / how can I buy them from?

You can buy local only in person at Blenheim iSITE. Online via our website. 

I bought my ticket but haven’t received an email, what do I do?

Be sure to check your junk and clutter folders for an email from Eventbrite, Further issues email festival@winemarlborough.co.nz

What are the booking fees?

These are determined by the ticketing provider. We have included these in your ticket fees. Depending on how you pay, there may be card fees.  

Does the Festival usually sell out?

VIP tickets always sell out really quickly. General admission tickets have sold out in the past three years.

Will there be gate sales?

If we have sold out, no.

I can’t make it anymore, can I get a refund?

Tickets to this event are non-refundable .


How many wineries are there and what wineries are there?

There are over 40 top Marlborough wineries. They are just pouring their Marlborough wines and you can expect a mix of large and smaller wine companies.

Can I take the wine home with me at the end of the day?

No sorry. It’s just to enjoy by the taste or glass on the day.

Can I buy a bottle of wine to enjoy?

We only offer wine by the taste or glass. All wine sales cease at 5.30pm.

Are there non-alcoholic options?

Yes, there sure are! Just look out for the little non-alcoholic symbol in the programme. There’s coffee, iced tea, fizzy drinks, Karma Cola, Antipodes water and more.

Is there lots of free water on site?

Absolutely! Liquid Action get the water stations tip top for the Festival. There are also six people roaming around with water packs on. They’ll happily top up your glass so make sure you drink lots of water.

How many foodies are there and who are they?

Around 25 food sites. There’s a mix of locals as well as food trucks and restaurants from around the country.

What sort of food can I expect?

There is a big variety from burgers to gourmet sandwiches, Hungarian fried bread, fresh seafood, oysters, whitebait, clams, dumplings, Indian, Japanese, coffee, ice cream, cheeses, desserts, venison and more. If you want your favourite foodie to be there, let them know to get in touch with us mid-year. We’ll pop menus in the programme.

I have special dietary requirements, what can I eat?

Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options are marked in the programme however if you have a strict allergy and need to bring your own food in, you can write an email to events@wine-marlborough.co.nz and we can provide you with an exemption letter.

Any cool food competitions to get involved in?

Yes. We have a people’s choice award for the Supreme Wine & Food Match. Voting forms are available in the Culinary Pavilion.

Where do I find all the top Chefs?

In the Culinary Pavilion near the main entrance

When is it?

Saturday 8th February 2020. It’s the second Saturday of February if you’re planning ahead for future years.

How long has it been going for?

The 2020 Festival will be the 36th year!

What is the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival in a nut shell?

Marlborough’s best day out and one of the best Wine & Food Festivals around. (We didn’t just make that up – people told us this in our post event surveys)

Who goes to the festival usually?

A whole variety of ages over 18. Some guests have been coming since the festival started over 30 years ago and some guests are first time attendees. 

What can I expect?

Take a look at the photos on our website to give you an idea of what to expect at the Festival. Set among a beautiful vineyard, a nice open space is transformed with lots of marquees and people. We also have a big main stage, and smaller acoustic stage across the creek.

How do I pay?

This is mostly a cash event, however some wineries and foodies provide Eftpos. ANZ kindly provide ATMs on site. It’s ideal if you can bring $5, $10 and $20 notes rather than the big guys! We do not have tokens or an electronic system.

How can I win things and enter the Festival competitions?

We have lots of competitions on our Facebook and Instagram pages around the Festival date. 

Is there a photographer on site?

Yes. By entering the site, you’ve giving us the OK to use photos for marketing and promotional purposes. Don’t want to be in a photo? Just kindly ask our photographer to not take one of you and make sure you don’t pose for them too.

How do I share my images?

Tag us on social media @marlboroguhfest and use #marlwinefest

Who runs the Festival?

Wine Marlborough Ltd and a small but mighty volunteer committee.

Who do I contact about having a site at the festival?

Send an email to events@wine-marlborough.co.nz with information about what type of site you are (wine or food), plus some information about what you would like to offer and links to websites or social media pages. Please note only producers of Marlborough wine are welcome.

How can I keep up to date with Festival info?

We post a lot of info on our social media pages so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ll also keep you updated on our website too. We send out the odd update with ticket offers to our mailing list, so add your email to it at the bottom of this page.

Where does all the lost property go?

It’s handed in to the Police on site throughout the day and anything left goes to the Blenheim Police Station.

Who sponsors this event?

We have some brilliant local and national businesses that sponsor the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival. We will pop a full list up on our website closer to the event.

The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is 100% smokefree and Vape free, Any patron’s smoking or vaping on site will be asked to stop and put it out.


Is this an R18 event?

Yes. Strictly.

What sort of ID do I have to bring with me?

Current New Zealand drivers licence

HANZ 18 + card

Current passport

What can I bring in with me?

Low fold up chairs, picnic rugs, empty water bottles

What can’t I bring in with me?

Big tables and chairs, gazebos or shade tents, big umbrellas, alcohol, food, weapons of any sort, a bad attitude or yourself if you’ve had too much to drink beforehand.

Is there a dress code?

Shoes need to be worn, as do shirts or tops.

Code of conduct

We want everyone to have a great time at the Festival, including all the people around you so we have a code of conduct. Upon entry to the Festival site, you’re accepting these conditions and any decisions made by the event organisers will be final.

Any unruly or drunken behaviour will not be tolerated and you’ll either be escorted to the ‘time out tent’ with St John or be escorted off site. We also have a lot of Police on site if it gets to that point.

Respect staff, especially those that are pouring your drinks and cooking your food. We all work very hard to keep 8500 people happy and sometime the lines do get a bit longer but your respect for staff is very welcome.

Shoes need to be worn, even better if they’re nice shoes to match your nice outfit. We welcome you to dress nicely for the event as it only happens once a year.             

Other useful tips

Bring cash, wear lots of sunblock and a hat, drink lots of water and taste the delicious food on offer, enjoy tasting some different wines, arrange your transport home in advance, remember to bring your ticket with you


We’ll have a photographer on site taking lots of snaps, so by entering the site or having your photo taken means that we can use them for marketing and promotional purposes. If you don’t want your photo to be used, just be sure to not jump in front of the camera and pose for a photo or politely ask our photographer to skip you.

The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is 100% smokefree and Vape free, Any patron’s smoking or vaping on-site will be asked to stop and put it out.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Contact the team on events@wine-marlborough.co.nz

What’s in the programme?

All you need to know including the schedule, bands, chefs, competitions, catalogue of wines and food available, site map, food for those with dietary requirements, non-alcoholic drinks, volunteer groups we support, mater class information and more.

Where can I get a programme from?

We have 8000 of them at the main entrance gate that you’ll at receive at the same time as your glass.

Can I see it online?


Where is the Festival held?

Brancott Vineyard, 180 Brancott Road, Fairhall, Blenheim, New Zealand

What are my options for getting there?

Bus is the most popular. Buses are run independently by Ritchies and cost $25 return or if you’d just like one home at the end of the day it’s $17.50. There are numerous pick up points around central Blenheim as well as a bus running from Renwick. There is no need to pre book this and you just pay cash to the driver on the day. View the Maps and pick up points here.

More detailed bus information has also been included at the end of this FAQ section.

Sounds Connection run a return bus from Picton. You will need to pre book this directly with them. soundsconnection.com 03 573 8843

Precision Helicopters run transfers from Omaka Airfield to the Festival site for $125pp. Bookings are essential and can be made directly with them. They also offer rides home so just have a chat to them to see what’s possible. tanya@precisionhelicopters.nz. 

Taxi and shuttles will need to be booked well in advance as Blenheim does not have a heap of taxis.

People can drop you off too. Just be sure to follow traffic controls instructions.

Where can I park and how much is it?

We have a great big vineyard carpark which costs $5. This goes to Lions Club of Blenheim. Shuttles will run to and from the carpark to the Festival entrance all day and it’s about a five minute drive.

I’m an exhibitor, where do I park?

As long as you’ve got your exhibitor car pass on you, just head further up Brancott Road to the bus stop and follow the signs in.

I have a VIP car pass, where is this brilliant parking spot?

Lucky you! Just drive in the main drive way for 180 Brancott Road. Drive right up the end towards the red shed and there is a grassy area under the trees to the right of the red shed. Once you’ve parked, just go through the main entrance and ticket check points as usual. Cars must be collected by 12 noon on Sunday.

We have a mobility car pass, where can drop off and park?

Contact the organisers on events@wine-marlborough.co.nz and we will provide you with a VIP car pass.

Bus information


Bus transport to the Festival commences from 10.00am, with regular departures from the stops below (approximately every 20-30 minutes) until 1.00pm. 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. The return fare is $25.00 per person. Please have the correct change. (Please note there are no one way tickets to the Festival available). There are no refunds on 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 $17.50. ** Passengers could experience delays in leaving the Festival site at the end of the event – every endeavor will be made to clear passengers as soon as possible however delays of between 60 and 90 minutes could occur at the conclusion of the Festival.** Last bus is scheduled to depart at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available on the day from the Driver. The return fare is $25.00. Please have the correct change. A bus will depart at 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am & 11.30am only from the Woodbourne Tavern (no one way tickets to the Festival available). 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 $17.50. Last bus for Renwick will depart at 6.00pm.

Who’s playing at this year’s festival?

Please see our programme link for more details.

View our full 2020 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Programme here.

How many stages do you have?

Two. The main stage and the acoustic stage across the creek.

Where are the bands usually from?

New Zealand, with some Dutch band members being involved this year. We often have a number of locals on both stages too.

Who have you had play in the past?

NZ Marley All Stars, Supergroove, Hollie Smith, Newtown Rocksteady, Tahuna Breaks, Ladi6, The Black Seeds, Avalanche City, Gin Wigmore, The Phoneix Foundation, Kora

I’ve got a great suggestion for who should play at the Festival, who should I contact?

Flick us an email at events@wine-marlborough.co.nz. It’s best if you can provide links so we can have a listen.

We’re a band and would like to chat about playing at the Festival

Same as above. Get in touch with us with some ways we can take a listen

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.

I have a Certified Self Contained Motorhome, where can I park?

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

Gate 720 New Renwick Road Fairhill.
  • Available from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
  • Charges: $25.00 per van for the weekend
  • You must hold an event ticket. Book your 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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