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6 – 16 May 2021

Wellington’s newest hospitality festival.
We’re dialing up the buzz with a city wide festival, celebrating everything Wellington has to offer.

From our local beverages and culinary delights, to amazingly talented performers, our vibrant nightlife and outstanding accommodation. You’re invited to be part of creating the vibrancy and giving Wellingtonians plenty of reasons to Eat, Drink and Play!

Hospitality New Zealand together with Wellington NZ and the Wellington City Council have initiated this Festival, as a much-needed boost to support our local hospitality community and raise our food and beverage reputation as New Zealand’s creative culinary capital.

All restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels are invited to create unique offers showcasing your venues. With love local at the heart of the festival, you’ll be celebrating the best local craft beer, wine, produce, coffee and shining a spotlight on amazingly talented performers across all genres.

Join us and bring Wellington to life this May with the EAT DRINK PLAY Festival.

To be in on the action you’ll need to create your offers. These will be shared with the public on the Festival website. The extensive marketing campaign will focus on creating buzz, increasing venue’s exposure and revenue.

Some funding opportunities for performances are available.

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Create a dish… Go for it with great food, big food, fine food, smoked
food. Be inspired, be proud of your venue, showcase what you do, take it to the next level and love
local, anything that’s not business as usual.
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Now match or feature an amazing drink with your dish. Select from any of our local craft breweries, fabulous regional wines, spirit distillers, and non- alcoholic drinks. World Cocktail Day, 13 May is during the festival a good reason to be wildly creative!
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A performance, experience or event – because this is a playful festival!
Think music, DJs, comedy, poetry slam, circus, cabaret, theatre or any form of entertainment go for it. Be bold, do something new.
If you’re a venue that regularly hosts music here’s a great opportunity to go big or be experimental. There are funding opportunities on offer.
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Create offers and package deals to entice Wellingtonians to enjoy a staycation, a big night or spoil mum with not just lunch but a weekend treat this Mother’s day.
You may want to collab with other hospo venues to offer a unique Wellington weekend for out of town visitors.

Some hot spots in the festival

  • Mother’s Day – 9 May
  • World Cocktail Day – 13 May
  • Wellington Date Nights – 8 & 15 May
  • Deals under $25 are always hot

Festival 6 – 16 May

Registrations extended until 13 April
Performance fund applications extended until 13 April
Festival Campaign live 14 April

Participation Fee
The venue participation fee is $200.00.
*Fees exclude GST and credit card charges
We want to make it easy for you to participate in this playful festival. Click the links below to get in on the action
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