Celebrating 30 Years of the Toast Martinborough Festival

Celebrating 30 years of Toast Martinborough – Make your way to Martinborough on Sunday 19th November to celebrate the 30th year of New Zealand’s most esteemed wine and food festival.

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Toast Martinborough, New Zealand’s premier wine and food festival, has been captivating festival-goers since 1992. Born out of a desire to showcase the local wineries and elevate Martinborough’s reputation on the global stage, Toast has evolved into an exceptional celebration that seamlessly blends wine, food and entertainment.

What’s in store for this year’s festival?

As Toast celebrates its 30th year, the 2023 festival promises to be truly memorable. 10,000 visitors will be welcomed to indulge on a journey across eight picturesque festival sites, featuring twelve local vineyards. From revered favourites like Palliser Estate, Ata Rangi, Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard, Luna Estate, Tirohana Estate, Escarpment and Moy Hall to exciting newcomers such as On Giants Shoulders, Huntress, Big Sky Wines and Stad_ko Wines. To complement the exceptional wine selection, Martinborough Brewery will create a special festival beer, adding a unique touch to the beverage experience. Supported by the region’s finest food, most revelled entertainment and carefully curated VIP offerings, it will undoubtedly be a blissful day amidst the vines.

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This year, the festivities will extend beyond the Sunday, with a program of supporting pop-up events, curated by local Martinborough businesses. From Friday the 17th to Monday the 20th November, visitors will have the opportunity to discover an array of exciting experiences. From gin garden parties to intimate tasting sessions to delightful treats amidst the olive groves. The weekend will be a showcase of Martinborough’s best.

We’ll be giving festival-goers the opportunity to add a touch of nostalgia and grandeur to their Toast experience this year, with a heritage excursion train making its way over the hill from Wellington and the Northern Explorer train journeying down from Auckland. With carefully curated on-board experiences, passengers will be able to receive a taste of Toast before even stepping foot into Martinborough. The bus service connecting Wellington, Palmerston North and various locations within the Wairarapa, will continue to be available for festival-goers as in previous years.

Tauherenikau Glamping Village will also be back for a second year, with their thoughtfully designed two-night glamping package, nestled amidst the breath taking beauty of Tauherenikau.

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Mark your calendars

Ariel Codde, General Manager of Toast Martinborough, encourages people to act quickly to secure tickets “Our 30th year is set to surpass all expectations, featuring an exceptional event program and a bustling atmosphere in Martinborough throughout the festival weekend. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be an unforgettable celebration!”.

• The festival program, including the supporting pop-up events, will be unveiled on the Toast website and mobile app in early August.

• Toast email subscribers will have exclusive access to discounted Early Bird tickets from the 14th August, with General Admission going on sale from 16th August.

• The festival will be held in Martinborough on Sunday 19th November, 2023.

All tickets, including pop-up events, train and bus transport, and accommodation at Tauherenikau Glamping Village will be available via iTicket.

To learn more and sign up to receive exclusive access to Early Bird tickets, visit: https://www.toastmartinborough.co.nz/

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