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2019 PROGRAMME marlboroughwinefestival


GATES OPEN: 10:30am - 6:00pm WINE SALES: 10:30am - 5:30pm #marlwinefest







Vinepower Vanuatu String Band



Competition announcements


Hortus Nivan Band


My Baby



Chloe Vitale


Organics: The Grassroots Story

Karena & Kasey Bird, Kono & Kiwa Oysters


Summer Thieves








Annabelle White, New Zealand King Salmon

Marlborough District Brass Band









Sarah Brown





2:30 3:15



Marlborough District Brass Band

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese

Flaxbourne Pure



The Steeps

Mark Southon


First bus departs from front entrance











5:30 5:45





Wine sales END


Sweet Mix Kids

5:00 6:15





The Exhibitors Ara Wines

Mount Riley Wines

Astrolabe Wines

Mud House

Babich Wines Ltd

No.1 Family Estate

BBQ Bros

Oh La La Limited


O:TU Wines

Blank Canvas Wines

Brancott Estate

Pita Pit

Noodle Corner

Chatham Island Gourmet Seafood

Raizada Foods

Clark Estate

Riverby Estate

Clos Henri Vineyard

Sagai Japanese Restaurant

Clos Marguerite

Saint Clair Family Estate

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

Serious Straw Hats

CPR Coffee Co.

Smoked Marlborough

Croisilles Oysters

Spy Valley Wines

Dog Point Vineyard

Staete Landt

Doner Cult

Sugar Loaf Wines

D’VINE Eat Thai Restaurant

te Pā Family Vineyards / Cloudy Bay Clams

Feast Merchants

The Berry Shed

Flavors of Europe

The Darling Wines

Vavasour & Grove Mill

The Swiss Butcher

Forrest Wines

The Whitebait People


Tohu Wines & Kiwa Oysters

FROMM Winery

Toi Toi Wines

Giesen Group

Top Tarts


Tupari Wines

Jackson Estate

Two Rivers

Johanneshof Cellars

Viavio Limited

Catalina Sounds

Villa Maria

Kaikoura Cheese

Wairau River

Four Hawk Day

Wild Az Catering

Lawson’s Dry Hills

Wither Hills

The Sisters

Yealands Wine Group

Rapaura Springs

Liam’s Hungarian Langos Lovat Venison Mahi Marisco Vineyards Misty Cove Wine


Entertainment - Main Stage Marlborough District Brass Band The Legends Concert. The Marlborough District Brass Band is one of the oldest and most popular Brass bands in New Zealand, forming in the 1880s .The band has been a very successful performing group having performed in Japan, Australia and last year in China at the Shanghai arts festival. A talented Marlborough band to kick things off!

Sweet Mix Kids New Zealand-based DJ/production duo Sweet Mix Kids have played at some of the world’s coolest parties and clubs including Coachella, Wanderlust and Rhythm & Vines. Their DJ sets incorporate electronic drums and samplers and live instruments to mix every genre into flamboyant live performances.

Summer Thieves From humble beginnings in Dunedin’s ‘Scarfieville’, the Summer Thieves have built a large and incredibly loyal fan base. They first entered the studio in 2014 with awardwinning Kiwi artist and producer Tiki Taane who worked with them on their debut album Warped which was released in July 2017. Self-confessed “laid back guys who put on parties”, and who “don’t take ourselves too seriously,” the band comprises of Johnny Ward (drums and vocals), Adam Spencer (bass), Izzy Bones (guitar and keys) and Jake Barton (guitar and lead vocals).

Ardijah A group of well-known artists who formed a band in the 1980s in South Auckland, Ardijah specialise in soul and funk. Ardijah were at their most popular in the late 1980s when they released their first single, Give Me Your Number, followed by Your Love is Blind. The band members include Betty-Anne Monga (vocals) Ryan Captain Fonk Monga (drums, bass and vocals), Ryan Kaipapu Monga (bass, drums, vocals), John Richard Tali (sax, vocals), Michael Hansen (keyboards) and Jesse Monga (vocals, percussion).


Entertainment - Main Stage

Stellar* Legendary Kiwi favourites Stellar* join a superb line-up for the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. Stellar* first burst onto New Zealand’s music scene 20 years ago, smashing out five radio hits in 18 months - Violent, What You Do (Bastard), Undone, Every Girl, and Part of Me –, with their debut album Mix (1999) reflecting their unique blend of rock and electronica. The band broke up eight years ago, but after some gentle persuasion, Stellar* reformed late 2017. The band still features the same lineup that released their first single in 1998. That line-up is Boh Runga (vocals, guitar), Andrew Maclaren (drums, programming), Kurt Shanks (bass) and Chris van de Geer (guitar).

My Baby This Dutch-New Zealand trio play roots-driven hypnotic dance. It’s a sound informed by gospel and blues that is fused with ancient folk melodies. Added to that is the rawness of 70s funk, African desert blues, Moroccan gnawa, Indian raga and a touch of EDM all played on guitars and drums without using computers or samples. Based in Amsterdam, My Baby have been spreading their psychedelic blues-trance rave to the approval of audiences worldwide since 2012, featuring at renowned festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Isle of Wight Festival (UK) and Fusion (Germany).


Entertainment - Acoustic Stage

Vinepower Vanatu String Band


Kicking off the Acoustic Stage at this Festival are the RSE workers from Vinepower, who will again be getting us into the festival spirit for the day. Most of the band members are returnees who come from different islands around Vanuatu, and who come together every Summer to play, sing and perform traditional island music.

Hortus Nivan Band


The Hortus Nivan Band is a celebration of music from Pacific Island nations. This will be the fourth year the Hortus Nivan Band has come together to play and share music from their different regions of the Pacific. Just like their music, their smiles and laughter are infectious.

Chloe Vitale


Marlborough born and bred, Chloe is a singer-songwriter who will be performing her original music that has an indie spin with haunting vocals and catchy songwriting. At 17 years of age, she has played a variety of local gigs, small festivals and support acts for travelling musicians.

Sarah Brown


Another born and bred Marlborough artist, Sarah’s career thus far has seen her record two full-length studio albums (one self-titled, and The Great Heart Robbery – both supported by NZ On Air), released five music videos and was the winner of the 2006 Juice TV Music Video of the Year. Sarah has recorded alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, been on three national tours as a solo performer with her band, and played with nearly every Kiwi artist you can name. We’re thrilled to have her back at the Festival for another year.

Marlborough District Brass Band


Trad Jazz. Acclaimed Marlborough jazz group and Dodson Street Beer Garden regulars, the Marlborough Jazz Quartet, are taking to the stage again for the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. Made up of Coral Thiel (vocals), Peter Ehrlich (tenor sax), Jack McRae (drums) and Tony Thiel (piano), the Marlborough District Brass Band offers a variety of upbeat jazz.

The Steeps


Midge McCleary, a long-established musician on New Zealand’s acoustic scene, has teamed up with Marlborough-based Australian drummer Dean Vitale to produce a high-powered, upbeat funk, roots, blues duo which have been gaining recognition around New Zealand for their energetic live shows.



Fashion in the Vines We’re giving away over $3000 worth of prizes for the 2019 Fashion in the Vines, including a $1500 shopping spree at Thomas’s Marlborough to get you ready for the Festival, VIP tickets, and more!

Check out the two competitions below and be sure to enter part one now!



Win a $1500 shopping spree at Thomas’s Marlborough, plus tickets to the 2019 Festival.

Best dressed duo, female and male at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.

Go in the draw to win a shopping spree worth $1500 at Thomas’s Marlborough for you and two friends with drinks and nibbles on Friday 8th February along with three GA tickets to the 2019 Festival.

Take a snap of yourself at the 2019 Festival (must be on site).

Simply enter online at or check out @marlboroughfest or @thomassmarlborough on Instagram.

The winner will be announced 1 week before the Festival.

Upload it to Instagram and tag @marlboroughfest and @thomassmarlborough and include #fashioninthevines, before 10am, Wednesday 13th February 2019. Winners chosen by Thomas’s and the Festival team on Wednesday 13th February. Prizes include VIP tickets for 2020, Thomas’s Marlborough vouchers, GA tickets for 2020, Riedel wine glasses, Wither Hills vouchers and more.

Terms and conditions apply and can be seen on our website.

Proudly Supported By: AR







New World Culinary Pavilion The 2019 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival brings more new and exciting changes in the Culinary Pavilion. This year we’re launching the New Zealand Home Chef Cook-Off series, which will see two of the best home cooks in the country go head-to-head with a celebrity chef (sponsored by our food partners). Each party will be given a mystery box of the same local ingredients and challenged to create the best dish they can, on stage, in just 45 minutes. If that’s not enough culinary excitement, we’ll also be holding our fantastic cooking demonstrations throughout the day, with our chefs showing you what culinary creations are possible with the amazing produce we’ve sourced from right here in Marlborough.

Mike Puru Culinary MC

Broadcaster and DJ Mike Puru first hit the sound waves of New Zealand in 1995 as a radio DJ on The Edge. Since then he’s co-hosted various series including the 2015 season of the dating show The Bachelor, and now co-hosts popular lifestyle and entertainment show, The Café. Mike is joining the Culinary Pavilion this year as our MC who’s going to bring the sass and the sizzle to the table for the culinary programme. Follow him @mikepuru

Mark Southon

Culinary Guest Chef and MC After training at many Michelin star restaurants in Europe, Mark Southon embarked on his culinary tour Down Under. Now at the helm of the iconic O’Connell Street Bistro in Auckland, Mark is the star of five TV shows, including on The Café with Mike Puru. He is also the acclaimed author of his cookbook Southon Cooking, designed to inspire home cooks to push culinary boundaries and serve sensational food at home. Follow him @mark_southon_chef

Annabelle White

Sponsored by New Zealand King Salmon Annabelle White is a food writer/editor, author of 11 cookbooks and popular radio presenter. Born and raised in New Zealand, Annabelle may not have trained formally as a chef, but her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school. Annabelle’s extensive travels continue to be a great motivating factor in appreciating the global kitchen and learning about good food.



New World Culinary Pavilion 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:30 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:30

Annabelle White, New Zealand King Salmon Karena & Kasey Bird, Kono Flaxbourne Pure Mark Southon

Karena & Kasey Bird

Sponsored by Kono (Home to Tohu Wines & Kiwa Oysters) Karena and Kasey are sisters from the small coastal village of Maketu in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. As winners of Masterchef New Zealand in 2014, the sisters also won Best TV Cookbook in the World prize at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2016 for For The Love Of..., and in the same year launched their second cookbook Hungry. One of their more recent projects, The Creation Dinner, is a unique dining experience that is making waves in the culinary world. Follow them @karenakasey



Organics: The Grassroots Story


What exactly are the benefits of organic wines? The term organic is often misunderstood, but putting fewer chemicals and more goodness into our bodies must surely be a good thing. This session will dispel the myths, and you’ll learn more about growing organically and the winemaking process involved for organic wines. Join organic grape growers and winemakers to celebrate and learn more about what goes into your glass of Marlborough organic wine, and taste six organically produced wines.

Sauvignon Blanc and Cheese


“Wines from here will become world famous” - Montana’s Frank Yukich Join Kaikoura Cheese and the Sauvignon Blanc winemakers of Marlborough as we taste our way through six local Sauvignon Blancs that have been carefully matched with six different cheeses.

To purchase tickets to either of these masterclasses go to and search Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2019.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY - The festival opens at 10.30am and closes at 6pm. All alcohol sales will start at 10:30am and cease at 5.30pm. Maximum of two glasses per person will only be sold per transactions after 3:30pm. Alcohol will only be served in the official festival glass, and to persons 18 years or over wearing a wrist band. Proof of age may be required for entry, or at any time even if in possession of a wrist band. Organisers reserve the right of admission, and to search for and confiscate concealed alcohol at any time. Organisers may refuse admission to, or remove, any person who is intoxicated, or who is acting in an offensive manner, at any time. No gazebos or shade tents to be brought on-site. ACCEPTED FORMS OF ID - The forms of ID that have been approved under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2013 are: • A current New Zealand or overseas passport • A current New Zealand driver’s licence • A HANZ 18 + card SMOKING & FIRE - The festival is proud to be SMOKEFREE. However, there are designated smoking areas on the site (please refer to the Festival Site Plan). Please note, there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN on the whole site, including the Public Car Park. WATER - Please drink lots of water throughout the day. There are water stations around the site (marked on the plan) and Liquid Action will have mobile water carriers providing water to everyone at the festival. EVACUATION PROCEDURE - In the event of any emergency requiring evacuation of the site, an announcement will be made on the PA from the main stage or by the Fire Service. Security staff and police will assist with the evacuation of the site, please follow their commands immediately. Members of the public will not be permitted back into the festival site until the all-clear is given by the police or security staff. The evacuation locations are the grassed areas of the festival site. TOILETS – please refer to the festival site plan to locate the two toilet areas. Two accessible toilets are located at each toilet block. LOST PROPERTY - All lost property is held at the Police tent and then taken to the Blenheim Police Station. Telephone (03) 578 5279 – ask for the Crime Reporting Line. ANIMALS - Animals are not permitted on the festival site excl. guide dogs. DEPARTURE - To assist us in enabling your timely and orderly departure from the festival site at the end of the day, please look for the sign indicating the line for the bus stop you wish to go to, and queue at that point. For your own safety, please refrain from walking on the driveway or road. FESTIVAL CONTACT - For urgent assistance on the day please contact a member of security, or go to the entrance gate/information tent. FOOD - No food to be brought on-site without permission and an exemption letter from Wine Marlborough or the Festival Committee. BUS INFORMATION - Bus transport to the festival commences from 10am with regular departures from two stops in Blenheim town, and from Renwick approximately every 20-30mins until 1pm. Tickets can be purchased from the bus stops before boarding the bus. The return fare is $25 per person. For more information please visit our festival website CODE OF CONDUCT - This year we’ve developed a code of conduct and behavioural expectations on how we’d like our festival guests to behave and enjoy the day. For more details please visit our FAQ on our website Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the information in this programme. However, Wine Marlborough and the Festival Committee cannot be held accountable for any errors made.


Wine Marlborough wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors:

Premier Sponsors

Associate Sponsors & Culinary Partners

Special thanks to the Brancott Vineyard team for their continued care and use of the site!

2019 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival  
2019 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival