REAL NZ festival events coming

Posted by Esther Small (0 Comments)
Thursday, 16 June 2011 in Latest News

Queenstown will roll out the welcome mat and join the party to celebrate all things Kiwi when the REAL New Zealand Festival kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2011.


Joining the Classic All Blacks match announced last week (see the previous blog for details) are three major events and a whole host of experiences in and around Queenstown. This means there are now even more reasons to visit our stunning region during September and October.

‘Matches Made in Heaven’ - Food Art and Wine Experiences, runs throughout RWC 2011 from 1 September to 23 October. It includes a range of events, special menus, art tours and exhibitions run by local cafes, restaurants, producers, winemakers and art galleries. This festival provides an inspirational and cultural feast of flavours from around the Queenstown region.

‘Taste Queenstown’ will be held over two weekends in October (7-8 and 14-15 October) on Earnslaw Park, in the heart of downtown Queenstown.
This mini food, wine and art festival promises to tantalise the tastebuds and showcase the richness of the region’s cultural heritage over the Rugby World Cup’s quarter final and semi final weekends with live performances which delve into our colourful past, locally produced art and crafts, and fun events like quick fire cookery competitions and celebrity wine tastings.

The Queenstown Jazz Festival showcases the talents of local, national and international artists across all genres of jazz as they take part in a five-day musical feast from 20 to 24 October throughout the Queenstown region.
From cool blues and big band swing to funky R&B and Latin beats there will be something to get everyone’s toes tapping during the Labour Weekend holiday. Earnslaw Park will be the hub of the festival and on Sunday afternoon major acts will take to the stage to entertain the crowd, celebrate RWC 2011 and get everyone warmed up for the rugby final that evening.

The best thing about being in Queenstown during the RWC is there'll be plenty of time between matches to enjoy all the local events, relax and take in the scenery, indulge in a few activities or cheer on your home or ‘adopted’ team live on a big screen in one of the many bars and restaurants that will be broadcasting the matches.

This is the biggest nationwide festival the country has ever seen and I think visitors to Queenstown will be thrilled by what we’ve got on offer.