An annual festival with the purpose of raising awareness and
appreciation of local food and wines, plans to move its venue
from Gibbston to Queenstown.
The Gibbston Wine and Food Festival has applied to the
Queenstown Lakes District Council to hold the festival in the
Queenstown Gardens on March 15.
The event is proposed to run from 10am until 5.30pm on March
15. The application states gates will open at 10am and the
last drinks will be served at 5pm.
Live entertainment is scheduled to start at 11am and will
include sets played by the Queenstown Jazz Band and other
local acoustic artists.
More than 2000 people are expected to be at the event at any
The festival has previously been held at Gibbston, hosted by
different wineries. Last year it was hosted by Mt Rosa and
About 10 wineries and 10 food stalls will participate in the
''Due to the festival site being located near the town
centre, it is anticipated that many attendees will walk to
the site, catch public transport or drive their own cars and
park in the public car parks that are available on the street
and in the Queenstown Gardens,'' the application said.