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New Zealand Festival fun

NZ's largest celebration of cutting-edge culture saw WellingtonNZ host 72 performances in our venues. As a bit of festival fun, our caterers have shared some interesting trends they picked up during the New Zealand Festival period.

Vidal Photo credit: 2018 New Zealand Festival / Matt Grace

From 23 February - 18 March, Wellington received an incredible injection of arts when the New Zealand Festival came to town. And what a festival it was! 

900 ushers welcomed patrons to our venues as we hosted 72 performances across 19 events, including the NZSO's blockbuster Star Wars: A New Hope concert, family favourite Future Playground, and the popular Writers & Readers programme.

Our caterers spent the three weeks serving up tasty treats and delicious drops to our festival patrons, and picked up some interesting trends along the way: 

St James with a sweet tooth

With over 5,500 ice cream sales over the festival period, there is a clear venue that has a sweet tooth; St James Theatre patrons ate double the amount of ice cream compared with any other venue.

Each venue has its own top tipple

Festival-goers at each venue had clear preferences when it came to Vidal Estate's delicious drops. Michael Fowler Centre patrons enjoyed sipping on chardonnay; sauvignon blanc was the wine of choice for those at TSB Arena shows; St James Theatre patrons were fans of bubbles; and it was a tie break between pinot gris and sauvignon blanc at The Opera House. 

Loyal to local

Our patrons supported local, enjoying double the amount of Garage Project beer vs international brand Heineken. Cheers to that!