Town meets country at this wonderful relaxed wine and food festival held in the wine growing region of Dakin’s Road, Gladstone.
The Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival has a reputation as a high quality, annual event showcasing sensational wines and food from throughout the Wairarapa region. The festival is held at the beautiful, sheltered riverside setting locally known as ‘The Cliffs’ on the banks of the Ruamahunga River with its remoteness and vineyard setting adding to its unique appeal. Festival-goers can relax in the one location listening to live music while vineyards are paired with regional restaurants producing outstanding food and wine matches.
Visitors have the opportunity to sample wines from not only the larger, well known wineries but also from some of the smaller boutique wineries in the region. In keeping with the informality of the event visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the wine makers from the vineyards involved, giving them an insight into the wide variety and styles of wine available in the region.
The restaurants will focus on presenting some of the great local food and produce that the Wairarapa has to offer - Rabbit Pie, Goats Meat Brochette, Ngawi Cod & Crayfish Cakes, Venison Burgers and Wairarapa Wild Pork & Pistachio Terrine are just some of the delicacies that have featured on previous menus.