The Matakana Wine, Beer & Food Festival

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  With the addition of beer to the Matakana Wine, Beer & Food Festival, changes have been brewing. Now in its second year, it promises to be even bigger and better.

Organiser Paul Walker is a man who knows his beverages. Bringing beer onboard was a logical step for him, “What they’re putting into beers these days – the flavours are so predominant. They’re getting so creative with it”, he says. “It’s a really fun industry and we want the festival to be part of it”.

Attendees will enjoy sampling delicious Matakana Coast artisan food and drinks from the shade of massive stretch tents assembled over the grass areas. The inspiration for the extra sun coverage comes from last year’s stunning weather.

Unlike many other festivals containing alcohol, kids are welcome. The Sunday is scheduled as Family Day. Children enter free and there will be plenty to keep them busy – kid friendly food, face painting, games and bouncy castles.

The Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club will have a strong presence at this year’s festival, with all fundraising proceeds going straight back into its own pockets.

Partnering with a charity is a cause close to local resident Paul’s heart. As is his investment in supporting and developing local businesses through the festival. Paul puts it best – “It’s such a great new story when you can create an event that’s totally local, supports local, and brings outside revenue into our economy”, he says. “Revenue that wouldn’t be there if the festival didn’t exist”.

This is definitely one to put in the diary, and for all the right reasons.

www.mwbff.co.nz | Matakana Country Park | March 4 - 5, 2017