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Budburst Natural Wine and Food Festival 2018
When: 12.00 pm – 6.30 pm, Sunday 11 November, 2018
Where: The Boatshed and The Rowing Club, Jervois Quay, Wellington
Cost: $50.00 pp, Door Sales: $60.00 pp
Tickets: From Eventfinda www.eventfinda.co.nz
For more information: www.budburst.nz

There has been an enormous interest in ‘natural wine’ even though the term is not clearly defined. However there is the basic desire for consumers to enjoy wine that is made in the most non-interventionist way possible and in its truest form. For many, that means wine made from organic grapes with no additions or manipulation. The interpretation of this is what may be controversial, as for some producers, this means exploring limits which can result in ‘weird’ or ‘funky’ wines beyond the realms of normality. For others, an adoption of a holistic approach to sustainability and environmental issues means that their actions must result in wines that are ‘not faulty’. It is the interface of such approaches that make the exploration of ‘natural wine’ so fascinating.
The organisers of ‘Budburst’ have invited wine producers that subscribe to five main principles:

· Wine starts in the vineyard
· Let the time and place shine through
· Naturally delicious
· Always learning, always curious
· It’s all for the love of wine

There will be a wide range of exhibitors, with natural wines from New Zealand and around the world. Attendees will be able to taste the wines and discuss the philosophies of the producers. In addition to tasting the wines, there will be educational masterclass sessions presented by Stephen Wong MW and Jane Skilton MW. Egmont Street Eatery will be providing the food, and there will be live music.

The inaugural ‘Budburst’ Natural Wine and Food Festival was held in 2016. This was such a success that a larger venue was needed to accommodate the interest. The festival sponsors include: Wine Searcher, Wine Sentience, Cult Wine, Garage Project, Antipodes Water and BioGro New Zealand.
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