About 30 stalls have already been registered for the Oamaru
Wine and Food Festival in February and organisers expect the
maximum number of 40 to be reached.
A new committee has taken over organising what is one of
Oamaru's biggest annual events, and is taking it back to its
origins, with a local emphasis.
That is reflected in the line-up which will provide
entertainment. Most are local entertainers confirmed in slots
from 11am to 5pm, the exception being Barry Saunders from
Wellington, lead singer of the Warratahs.
Committee chairman Mark Julius said yesterday there were only
10 stall spaces left and organisers were looking for an
emphasis on food to fill those to balance the wine, boutique
beer and other drink stalls already registered.
The festival, held for the past 13 years, has reverted to a
simpler format with expanded food and wine demonstrations.
Wine glasses would return, with a plastic option available.
Single-bottle wine sales would also be allowed.
Ticket prices had also been reduced significantly. Presales
for adults would be $15, which included a wine glass, and $20
for gate sales. Tickets will be limited to 2000 and go on
sale from the end of next week.