There has been a buzz in Martinborough over the last few years. An injection of energy, coupled with a desire to be part of the Martinborough scene, is present in the vitality of the people and in the increasing popularity of annual events such as the Olive Harvest Festival, the September Jazz Festival, summer farmers’ markets, the omnipresent Martinborough Fair and, of course, the township’s major annual drawcard, the ubiquitous Toast Martinborough festival. Toast has been around almost since the township became New Zealand’s only wine village, but despite this it still manages to keep vital and fresh, and remains the go-to event of the year.
We’re all becoming a bit more savvy and sophisticated when it comes to our wine, our food and how we put the two together. This epicurean know-how of the punters is a strength that the Toast Martinborough festival plays to. Toast 2014 sees a mouth-watering smorgasbord of chefs, restaurants and tapas-style morsels for enjoyment, experiment and recommendation, all partnered with an equally rich variety of wines and wine styles. As something of a Toast veteran, I am salivating as I read through the details of these sensory delight and scheming ways I can pull a few strings to ensure that I get my ticket.
One new feature that doesn’t escape my eye (as a professional) is the Friends of Toast ‘Friendship Zone’. Something of a resting retreat as you digest your latest succulence, the zone allows you to order iced tea as you recline on a comfy seat and have your shoulders rubbed. After all, a girl spending hours feeding and liquefying herself does not want to suffer any RSI. A girl wants to ensure her tasting arm is performing at its best. I am delighted!
But the greatest thing about the Toast Martinborough festival is the eternal spirit of fun, friendship and frivolity that epitomises the day you design for yourself. You can create your own food and wine epiphany in any which way you choose. Vignerons, restaurateurs, chefs and punters all collaborate year after year with tireless energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
Yes, there is a buzz in Martinborough. It’s fresh, it’s vibrant, it’s Toast Martinborough. And it’s located right on Wellington’s doorstep.
Toast tickets — what you need to know:
- Tickets go on sale at 9am on 1 October through
- Tickets cost $70 per person plus service fees.
- A maximum of four public tickets may be purchased at a time.
- You can purchase return transport with your tickets (selected locations only).[/info]