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Nelson Wine & Food Festival celebrates sensational sounds, wine, food, and summer.

This annual event is coordinated by Rotarian's from the Rotary Club of Richmond. We are a service group who like to have fun and support our local community. We help build the cycle-paths, BBQ shelters at Rabbit Island and organise the Wine and Food Festival.

It's all about local. During the last 10 years we have raised over $360,000.00 from the Wine and Food Festival. Proceeds are then donated to community groups like the Rescue Helicopter, Hospice, Womens Refuge, Coastguard, local Fire brigades as well as local sporting groups and schools. In 2018 our main recipient was The Nelson Hospice,  so come along and join us in 2019 and raise more money for the local community.

Nelson Wine & Food Festival Rotary Richmond

Nelson Wine & Food Festival celebrates sensational sounds, wine, food, and summer. Hold onto your holiday groove, grab a friend and head to the Nelson  Wine & Food Festival, for all-day entertainment, fantastic food, and award-winning wine and beer.


Set in a stunning vineyard location, Middle Earth Winery on Bryant Road, the BWFF festival is all about local! For those partial to a glass of something classy in the sun, explore the best Nelson has to offer with our leading wineries, or snaffle a beer or cider from our stellar craft breweries. This is a family event and NWFF cater for children with non alcoholic drinks, face painting, bouncy castle and much more.

For the foodies, there will be gourmet food stalls to explore and Local Entertainment to get you on your feet and dance under the summer sun or chill out and relax under our new shade sails.  

Previous NWFF Recipients

All funds raised go back to the Nelson community, past recipients include:

Nelson Hospice
Fifeshire Foundation
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust
Nelson Volunteer Coastguard
Womens Refuge
Brightwater Rural Fire Brigade
Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade
Wanderers Rugby Club
Brightwater School
St. Johns




Another Fantastic list of Top Entertainers awaits you in 2019..... Watch this Space!

Nelson Wine and Food Festival is busy working on another Top Entertainment line up for the 2019 Festival. Check back soon for further details.

Last years line up was fantastic... See below


Nelson Wine and Food Festival

So then, Kramit in a nutshell... Covers band and Original Music as required... "Folk to Funk and everything in between" ...well they have been playing together for the past 15 years. Originally from Southland, now happily based in “Sunny Nelson” NZ! Kramit have been busy (between gigs) recording their new, all original album “Electric Chocolate” (Acoustic Alt-Pop) Whether playing original music or their diverse repertoire as a covers band, sweet harmonies and groovy bass lines drive their sound. For more information on this fantastic Band check out their website here or their Facebook Page Here Looking forward to kicking our heels up with this band.

Cruise Control

Brightwater Wine and Food Festival 2018

"Philip Marshall on vocals and guitar, Warren McLew on drums, and Pete Archibald on bass guitar are Cruise Control, a classic cover and rock and roll band. The band has only been together since September 2014, but they have played almost a hundred gigs over that time.  People just love dancing to the groove and beat of the band, which has a strong following from various dance clubs in the Nelson and Tasman region.
As well as playing 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, you can also hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times. If you like dancing and singing along to those memorable songs you all know and love, then get along and listen to Cruise Control." 

The Neal Brothers with Drummer friend Matt

Brightwater Wine & Food Festival 2018

Local Band the Neal  Brothers with their drummer friend Matt
Mitchell on lead/rhythm and vocals with Liam on base.

The Dixie Prix

Nelsons very own Dixie Prix are bringing their unique brand of bluegrass to the Brightwater Wine and Food festival.
The Prix (pronounced the same as the Prix in Grande Prix) are fastly becoming one of the South Islands most popular Bluegrass bands
You can expect a lot of laughs, searing mandolin solos, infectious foot stomping songs, incredible  harmonies and the odd kazoo solo thrown in as they start in the early 1800's (you won’t believe how well you know songs this old) and coming right through to modern day classics. You won’t be able to stay in your seat as they give these amazing songs their own unique bluegrass twist.
If you've never seen them before don’t miss this opportunity.


Ticket Purchases

Ticket Prices for 2019

Earlybird $20 per ticket
Gate Sales $25 per ticket
Tickets include wine or beer glass on entry.  Children under 12  Free
No BYO alcohol, No Pets, No Food

NWFF Tickets Can Be Purchased from  ..... Wait!!!  2019 outlets not yet confirmed!!

Life Pharmacy Hardy Street

Paperplus Nelson

Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, corner Trafalgar and Halifax Street

Specsavers, Richmond Mall

ColourPlus, Richmond

Village Cycles Richmond

Wakefield 4Square Supermarket 

Brightwater Motors

Brightwater Four Square Supermarket

Sprig & Fern Brightwater 

Reliance Betta Electrical (Motueka)

Sprig & Fern Motueka

Sprig & Fern Mapua

No BYO Alcohol, Food or Wine



NWFF Rotary Richmond NZ

Bus Details..... Price and Schedule for 2019 still to come. Check back here later!

From any Nelson / Tahuna / Stoke / Richmond pickup point:

One way tickets $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per child (4-14 years).

Buses will pick up at SBL Service Bus stops on the route, plus outside the Richmond Holiday Park, Three Brothers Corner, Hope Store, Eden Road, Hope.

Bus Timetable

NELSON - BRIGHTWATER Bus will leave the Nelson SBL Depot

There will be 2 buses departing at 10:30am from Nelson, the route is via Haven Road, Wakefield Quay, Rocks Road, Annesbrook Drive, Main Road Stoke, Saxtons Field & Hope.

STOKE - BRIGHTWATER Bus will leave Stoke, Songer Street Corner

There will be  1 bus from Stoke departing at 10:50am, the route is via Main Road Stoke, Salisbury Road, Talbot Street (PAK'nSAVE Richmond), Gladstone Road & Main Road Hope.

RETURN SCHEDULE Buses will leave Brightwater from 4:30pm

Motueka Bus 

More info coming soon

Biking To the Festival

Why not bike out with friends and family along the Tasman Cycle Trust Trail from Nelson to Brightwater through stunning rural countryside.

Secure bike parking is available at no cost.

Caravans & Motorhomes

Motor Homes and Caravans are welcome to stay overnight on Saturday & Sunday. Please note there are no facilities so you must be self contained. There is a small fee of $10 per vehicle per night.





Without the support of sponsors, the Rotary Club of Richmond would not be able to run this fundraising event which benefits many local charities.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

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