Hop‘n’Vine heading west

Hop‘n’Vine beer, wine, cider and food festival organiser Kevin Downie at the October event held in Invercargill.

HEADING west, Hop‘n’ Vine beer, wine, cider and food festival will be held in Te Anau for the first time next year.

Event organisers suffered a loss in its fourth year in October when it lost thousands of dollars through Ticket Rocket, despite the event growing each year.

Ticket Rocket, or Ticket Direct, was put into receivership at the end of August and Hop

However, organiser Kevin Downie said they had to “take it on the chin” and they were not looking for handouts.

Mr Downie split his time between Te Anau and Invercargill, and said someone twisted his arm to give it a go in the far-western arm of the region.

“Everyone up there has been telling us things have been really tough and there is not much going on.”

Response had been “phenomenal”; in two days, 35% of tickets had sold from people throughout the country.

He expected it to be a massive success, with no tickets left for door sales.

“This is something we plan to grow and grow.”

The event had been booked in for the next three years, on top of the original Invercargill events.

However, there would be a point of difference from previous events with a swap from the likes of cheese rolls and wedges to Fiordland lobster and finger food at about the $10 mark.

The Te Anau event would be held on January 30 at the Fiordland Community Event Centre from noon-7pm.

The festival would be held in association with The Redcliff Cafe and Great South, Southland’s Regional Development Agency and Regional Tourism Organisation.

It would be an R18 event and tickets could be bought on the Hoplatest Nike releaseBoots