3 things you probably didn't know about the Gisborne Wine and Food festival

With this years festival just around the corner we put together a few interesting facts to get all our punters warmed up for another year of excellent wine, food and music! Get your tickets here.

1: The Gisborne Wine and Food festival is 20 years old!

The first wine and food event for the Gisborne region took place in 1999. Since then, the festival has tried many different formats and showcased just about every local winegrower in the region. From an all in one location to over 5000 people being bussed between different destinations the festival is rich in history both in terms of local wine and foodies involvement and the many memories patrons have created over the years.


2: TW Wines has been a part of the festival since Day 1.

Paul Tietjen and Geordie Witters began the TW business in 1998, since then they have been involved in the festival every year be it welcoming patrons onto the vineyard to try their award winning wine or an outstanding set up at the show grounds during that format. This year your ticket takes you onsite to the O.G vineyard of the Gisborne Wine and Food festival at TW Wines.


3: The first light wine and food festival is the only Spring wine and food fest in the country.

Thats right- Gisborne does it first! Labour weekend often signifies the start of the New Zealand summer (even though we are still in Spring). As the first place in the world to see the sun- and lots of it, Gisborne kicks off as the first wine and food festival leading into summer.

Wanting to see what this year has in store? Click here to grab your tickets today, be quick they are selling out fast!

Kristy Burden