Wānaka Sun       

New wine and food festival announced

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 08 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Central Otago's wine and food will take centre stage in Wānaka next year with the launch of Ripe, a new festival for the region.

Established to attract Kiwis to Wānaka, Ripe was designed to celebrate the Central Otago viticulture industry and local culinary scene. The event would be held over Otago Anniversary weekend, on March 21, 2021 at Corbridge Estate just outside of Wānaka.

Wānaka local and Otago Event Planning owner Nathan White said an event that celebrates the taste of Central Otago had long been wanted for the area – and he spent lockdown putting the foundations of the event together.

White started planning Ripe at the end of last year when he saw gap in the market for a Central Otago festival. Other regions have their own representation event which showcases them. Central Otago has been missing out, he said.

“This event is focusing on the wineries themselves and the great restaurants the region has. It is targeting the whole of Central Otago.

It is long overdue.”

All details are finalised and we are ready to let the public know- everything is locked in, he said.

Wine makers, cheese makers and chefs from around the region will be available to talk to and purchase wine from and people will be available to taste the produce. Maude, Amisfield, Māori Point, Ceres, Mishas, Akarua are among many of the Central Otago wineries who will be present at the festival, supported by food from the likes of The Stoaker Room and Hook plus beers from Wānaka brewery bEffect.

“Ripe is about the passion and energy for the best wine and food of our region and our country – backed by a deep respect, appreciation and knowledge for the industry.

“Our producers have a deep connection to the land and a passion for the product, and we want to celebrate this while bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” White said

 Ripe will also host celebrity chef Nadia Lim and live music from the Jordan Luck Band as part of the festival's entertainment line-up.

More vineyards, producers and entertainers will be announced next month.

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