“This year we are polishing the silver and ensuring we create a sophisticated experience for all ticket holders … as we know a 25th anniversary is a rare milestone for a festival to reach.”

New Zealand’s premier wine, food and music festival has grown up, reaching its dignified Silver Anniversary.

In early August, Richard Riddiford, the driving force behind the festival, which started in 1992, passed away following a short illness.

“Richard was an amazing man and a huge influence on Martinborough, on the wine industry both here and in New Zealand  and of course he was behind the success of Palliser Estate,” said Pip Goodwin, the winery’s chief executive.

To commemorate Richards’ vision, it’s time for wine lovers and foodies from around the country to mark certain dates in their calendar:

-Toast Martinborough Sunday 20th November 2016

-General Admission tickets on sale from 21st September

 

 

Toast Martinborough always marks the beginning of spring in the heart of the Wairarapa wine growing region, and this year the locals will be pulling out all the stops.

“Back in 1992 when Toast began, the newest tipple was Nouveau Rouge and Shortland Street had just come to our TVs. The Bodyguard album was number one in the charts and asparagus rolls and seafood vol-au-vents were on the menu at Toast Martinborough. Twenty-five years later, it’s great to be able to look back and keep elements that make Toast Martinborough such a unique experience, but also step things up significantly to celebrate our coming of age in style. It’s a very exciting year for us” says General Manager Anna Nielson.

“This year we are polishing the silver and ensuring we create a sophisticated experience for all ticket holders. A 25th anniversary is a rare milestone for a festival to reach. We are very proud of the partnership and support of our award-winning vineyards and are so pleased to have created an enduring premium wine, food and music event.”

Over the years, the event has appealed to many people, from those coming for a special 40th birthday outing, to busy professionals enjoying a much needed minibreak in the country, and Mums and Dads having some time away from the kids.

“We welcome those returning to Toast Martinborough for our anniversary year and invite those with a love of fine food and wine to join us in a sophisticated, safe, yet fun environment.”

Nielson also notes the accommodation options in the region have reached a whole new level of comfort compared to the beginnings 25 years ago, and she encourages people to seek out the best the Wairarapa has to offer as soon as they can.

“It’s the opportunity for a truly magic weekend of the best wine and food this country has to offer and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Toast Platinum and Toast Group Tickets are on sale now via www.ticketek.co.nz, 0800 TICKETEK and Ticketek outlets nationwide.

www.toastmartinborough.co.nz

Photos by Mike Heydon at Jet Photography