Ripe will highlight Central Otago’s wine and food offerings next year. The festival is established to attract Kiwi’s to Wanaka whilst allowing us to enjoy the local culinary scene.
The event will be held over Otago Anniversary weekend on March 21st 2021 at Corbridge Estate, just outside of Wanaka.
Ripe will also host celebrity chef Nadia Lim and live music from Jordan Luck Band as part of the festival’s entertainment line-up.
Wānaka local and Otago Event Planning owner Nathan White says an event that celebrates the taste of Central Otago has long been wanted for the area – and he spent lockdown putting the foundations of the event together.
“Ripe is about the passion and energy for the best wine and food of our region and our country – backed by a deep respect, appreciation and knowledge for the industry,” said White.
“Our producers have a deep connection to the land and a passion for the product, and we want to celebrate this while bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy.”
Winemakers, cheesemakers and chefs from around the region will be available to talk to and purchase wine from and people will be available to taste the produce. Maude, Amisfield, Māori Point, Ceres, Mishas, Akarua are among many of the Central Otago wineries who will be present at the festival, supported by food from the likes of The Stoaker Room and Hook plus beers from Wānaka brewery b.effect.
More vineyards, producers and entertainers will be announced next month.
A limited number of early-bird tickets go on sale today (Tuesday, October 6) starting from $42. Tickets can be bought online at ripewanaka.nz.