Toast Martinborough canceled for second year in a row


One of the North Island’s leading wine and food festivals has been canned for the second year in a row, meaning a three-year gap between drinks.

Organizers of Toast Martinborough tried to move the festival from November to a postponed date in January, but had conceded that they could not host the event under current Covid-19 restrictions.

General manager Ariel Codde said it was “devastating” for the team to have to cancel again, but they had no other choice.

“It has become clear that Toast Martinborough cannot function under the current circumstances of Covid-19 and the traffic light system. “

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Codde said that over the past year they’ve been contemplating how and if major events could unfold, adapting and rescheduling as the details unfold.

The Toast Martinborough Food and Wine Festival has been postponed to January, but organizers have now canceled.  (File photo)

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The Toast Martinborough Food and Wine Festival has been postponed to January, but organizers have now canceled. (File photo)

“Participating wineries, major contractors, supplier partners and the community have gone out of their way to try and operate in January,” she said.

The festival would now revert to its regular schedule and be held again on November 20 of next year.

“We’ve all worked so hard to bring this much-loved festival together, and now we just have more time to plan for more interesting and exciting things to add to the mix.”

South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen said he understood the reluctance of some organizers to try and run events under the traffic light system, but other events in the area were going to go as planned .

“I think some Covid restrictions will be with us for the foreseeable future, and we really need to find a way to work within them and not continually cancel events. I don’t criticize them [Toast organisers], because each event is individual.

Beijen pointed to two scheduled racing meetings at the Tauhernikau racecourse that were yet to take place over the summer and the 121 music festival scheduled at the same location in March as examples of how certain events had chosen to continue. .

All Toast Martinborough ticket holders have the option to transfer their tickets to the new event or may request a refund.


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