Visa Wellington On a Plate


WOAP, is New Zealand's annual culinary festival held in August every year. It's the ultimate food festival, bringing together a variety of ingredients that combine to create a culinary programme to satisfy all appetites!

Wairarapa restaurants, chefs, vineyards and cafes feature in WOAP every year with special menus, events and classes - and tickets often sell out!  

The first two weeks of this year's Festival (from 1-16 August) are a chance for restaurants to showcase their own unique dishes - and during this time you'll be able to try their Festival Dish. 

Then it's time for Burger Wellington, a two-week celebration (from 17-31 August) of the humble burger.

Enjoy Festival Events and Festival Cocktails through the whole month of August.

Check out these fabulous local events in the Wairarapa...

Peppers Parehua 
Peppers Parehua Festival Burger:
Smoke'n hot Peppers Pig

Peppers Parehua Festival Cocktail: The Devils Lighthouse & Angel’s Delight (mocktail)

Union Square
 24 August: Oruri Station Coastal Walk

This over-nighter offers breath-taking views of the Wairarapa scenery during a hike over privately owned Orui station near Riversdale, followed by a hearty four-course feast prepared by Michelin Star Chef Adam Newell, matched with wine. Learn more here. 

Union Square Festival Dish: Smoked Wairarapa lamb backstrap, cassolette of white beans, lamb croquet, and confit garlic
Union Square Festival Burger: Wagyu Wrangler

The Clareville Bakery
22 August: Layer Upon Layer Pastry Making 
An evening filled with the techniques of pastry-making, shaping, baking and much more, with international and national award-winning baker Michael Kloeg - including a glass of wine and cheese board. Learn more here.

23 August: Roll It and Fold It Bread Making 
Enjoy an evening of mixing, molding, shaping, fermentation, baking and much more, with the international and national award-winning baker Michael Kloeg - including a glass of wine and cheese board. Learn more here.  

The Clareville Bakery Festival Burger: Wai Fri Burger 

Julicher Estate Winery
24 & 25 August: Feest Wijnmakerij
Banquet on the cuisine of the Netherlands, prepared by Wairarapa chef Ant North, and matched with Julicher Estate wines, in a long lunch of seven-courses at a long table in the winery transformed into a world of lights, flames, flowers and flora. Learn more here. 

1860 Restaurant - Greytown Hotel
Festival Dish: Grilled prawns served with saffron risotto and Home Cottage Gardens watercress salad.

Festival Burger: Deerlicious

Fixed menu: From cured pork scotch fillet to Grilled prawns served with saffron risotto or braised beef cheeks for mains then move onto Mousse au chocolat or Tonka Bean panna cotta for dessert!The range is looking delicious. Learn more here

Cafe Medici
Festival Burger:
Prawn Underbelly
King prawn toast with caramelised pork belly, Asian pickles, housemade sweet chilli dressing in a sesame and buttermilk bun with toffee crackling and Sichuan pepper fries. Matched with Garage Project Hapi Daze - Pacific Pale Ale. Learn more here.

SOLD OUT/Join the Waitlist

All About Truffles at the Union Square - 23 August
Learn more here or join the Waitlist.