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By Stephen Heard
May 27, 2020

New Dates Have Been Announced for Wellington On a Plate and Beervana

Two of the country's biggest culinary events are back.
By Stephen Heard
May 27, 2020

Wellington On a Plate and Beervana are two of the biggest culinary events in the country. The former typically sees more than 140 flavour-packed events, special dining menus, burgers and craft cocktails take over the capital city, while the ultimate beer bash invites international and local breweries to join the party and throw down their wildest concoctions. Both are usually held in August.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, event organisers, the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), have decided to move both events to October and November once there is more freedom of movement for mass gatherings. With easing restrictions, WCET is confident the hospitality sector and festival goers will be ready to experience both events this spring.

Wellington On a Plate will return for its 12th year from 1–31 October, 2020. It will keep last year's three-tiered format, which will see Dine Wellington take place from 1–11 October; Burger Wellington from 12–31 October; and Cocktail Wellington and Festival Events running all month long. The festival program will be launched online on 24 August, with pre-sale tickets available from 31 August.

Beervana is now scheduled to take place at Sky Stadium on 20–21 November.

Festival Director Sarah Meikle says in some instances the events may look a little different. With no end in sight for the current border restrictions, Welly On a Plate won't be able to host international chefs and Beervana won't be able to fly in international brewers. Instead the emphasis will be on community collaboration and celebrating the immense depth of talent within the Wellington region..

Image: Beervana.

Published on May 27, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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