We’re gearing up for Christmas here in Blenheim! It’s a busy time of year that doesn’t end when the holidays are over. As soon as the Christmas and New Year’s crowds move on, our team begins preparing for the next influx of guests, who will travel from all over New Zealand and the world to attend the famous Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.
Held the second weekend of February each year, the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is undeniably one of the biggest events of the year in Blenheim and the Marlborough region. Most of the hotels in the region are booked up well in advanced and we’re no exception! Come February, the hotel team will be in full swing as they ready the hotel for the excitement of the event.
Our brasserie restaurant will be ordering extra food and calling in relief staff to help us maintain excellent service at our busiest time of the year. After the event, our restaurant is one of the best places in Blenheim to unwind and enjoy some amazing French cuisine – and maybe another glass of Marlborough wine!
The Marlborough Food & Wine Festival is New Zealand’s iconic wine festival. The first festival was hosted by just four local vineyards in 1985. From its early beginnings as a simple and fun way to showcase Marlborough wine producers, the festival blossomed into the full-featured event it is today. This year, over 60 local vineyards will be pouring over 100 different wines! The festival is a true tribute to the Marlborough region’s commitment to producing some of the finest wines in the world.
The festival celebrates not only Marlborough wine, but also the culinary masters, rockin’ musicians, and fashionistas of the region. This year, we’re looking forward to performances by The Phoenix Foundation, Iva Lamkum, The Beat Girls, and the New Zealand Army Band. Fashion in the Vines, Marlborough’s very own fashion show, is an opportunity for anyone to showcase their fashion prowess. Everyone is invited to participate in – simply turn up in your finest festival clothes and do your best catwalk impression as you walk down the runway. The judges will hand out prizes to the best dressed men and women of the day!
The event is held in Blenheim at Brancott Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the region. Thanks to our central location – just 15 minutes from Brancott Vineyard – Hotel d’Urville is a favourite for event accommodation. Our guests are just a short walk from the town centre, where buses ferry event-goers to and from the festival throughout the day. When you stay with us, there’s no need to worry about your own transportation. By taking the free charter bus, you can enjoy fine Marlborough varietals all day long without worrying about the drive back to Blenheim town.
As of today, there are still tickets available for the 2014 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival. But, we don’t expect them to last much longer, so if you want to attend, don’t wait another minute to purchase your event tickets.
For more event information, head on over to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival’s official website. Here you can learn more about the wineries, restaurants, and musicians who will be attending the event this year.
Hopefully you’ve already made your reservation at Hotel d’Urville. If not, we’d love to host you next year – just remember to book in advance!