Ocean Vine Hop festival takes break to avoid Tuia 250 clash
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/113387353/-

2019-06-11 02:05:19

A pre-summer festival showcasing Marlborough produce is to make way for Tuia 250 celebrations this year.

Ocean Vine Hop, normally held in Blenheim's Pollard Park, has been postponed for 2019, but will be back "bigger and better" in 2020, organisers say.

Marlborough4Fun chief executive Katrina Lange said the event, first started in 2017, clashed with the Tuia 250 celebrations, in Marlborough, also set down for November.

"We just don't want people to have to choose basically," Lange said.

"We want to make sure that the Totaranui [Tuia in Marlborough] event is really well celebrated, that the community feel that they can participate in that and be able to come back to Ocean Vine Hope next year."

The Tuia 250 dual heritage commemorations begin on November 21, with a flotilla - including the replica Endeavour - to arrive in Picton ahead of a weekend of activities.

Ocean Vine Hop would return a year later, on Saturday, November 21, 2020, with "all those sensory, tasty aspects that Ocean Vine Hop's known for".

Lange said the extra time would also give organisers the chance to work on new initiatives, including top line acts, to make Ocean Vine Hop's third year worth the wait.

"We've got some new initiatives to keep building it, keeping it fresh and exciting," Lange said.

"It builds the excitement and makes sure that they all come back for next year. You'll just have to watch this space."

At last year's event, 4000 tickets were available to see headline acts such as the Jordan Luck Band and the Automatic 80s.

The all-day affair was held in Pollard Park and included stalls of beer, wine and Marlborough produce, as well as culinary master classes, tastings and demonstrations.

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