Visa Wellington On a Plate
WOAP, is New Zealand's ultimate annual culinary festival, bringing together a variety of ingredients that combine to create a programme to satisfy all appetites! This year's festival runs from 1-31 October.
For the entire month of October, the festival includes more than 140 events with plenty available from Wairarapa restaurants, chefs, vineyards and cafes. Take a look at what's on in the Wairarapa below but be quick as tickets often sell out!
The popular WOAP burger competition is back! Last year it was won by Nick Arnold of Cafe Medici in Martinborough, who has a new burger creation this year alongside local offerings from Greytown Hotel, Circus Cinema, Pinnochio, Pepper Parehua and Union Square. Check out burgers you can try in the Wairarapa here.
Cooking round the 'Rapa with Union Square, Martinborough
Sunday 4 Oct 11am-2.30pm
Sunday 11 Oct 11am-2.30pm
Sunday 25 Oct 11am-2.30pm
Michelin Star Chef Adam Newell showcases Wairarapa's amazing produce made or grown within 50km of his award-winning restaurant, in this cooking masterclass. Then indulge in the dishes you've just learned to make in a three-course lunch. Learn more or get your tickets here.
Wairarapa Wines vs Best of the Rest at Union Square, Martinborough
Friday 9 Oct 7.30pm-late
Martinborough is well known for some of New Zealand's top Pinot Noir but also produces fantastic wines of other varieties. Taste superbly crafted wines next to the same wine from a different region of New Zealand. Learn more or get your tickets here.
Aroha Wairarapa at Rose & Smith, Featherston
Saturday 17 Oct 11.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 18 Oct 11.30-4.30pm
Experience a long lunch prepared with treasures from South Wairarapa, many of which are foraged from around the district by talented Chef Dale Keith. This popular event sold out last year. Learn more or get your tickets here.
Martinborough Underground at Palliser Estate, Martinborough
Sunday 18 Oct 12pm-3pm
A behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and rarely seen underground cellar followed by a four-course lunch prepared by award-winning Union Square Bistro and served in the Palliser Estate tasting room, with each delicious course expertly matched to wine. Learn more or get your tickets here.
An afternoon of Wine at Matahiwi Estate Winery, Masterton
Sunday 18 Oct from 12pm - 4pm
Try your hand at winemaking followed by a three-course lunch wine-matched with the best local food and prepared by the amazing farm to table Chef Kent Baddeley. Learn more or get your tickets here.
The Spice Trail at Lot Eight, Martinborough
Saturday 24 Oct 12.30pm-3.30pm
Lot Eight together with Dry River Wines host, the famous Auckland based Sri Lankan chef Kit Pererafor an exotic lunch featuring Sri Lankan, French and Moroccan cuisine, with Dry River Wines selected to match. Learn more or get your tickets here.
Wild Food, Wild Wine at Union Square, Martinborough
Friday 23 October 7.30-late
Try goat, hare, venison and kaimoana, foraged fruits, herbs and vegetables and an array of flavours not available in a store, expertly cooked by Michelin Star chef Adam Newell, then paired with wines that follow the same ethos - nothing added, nothing removed. Learn more or get your tickets here.