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1 October 2022 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Visit Bay of Islands It Festival The Feelers

“it!” Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival

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Saturday 1st October 2022

Paihia Village Green, 11am – 6pm



This festival is in its 11th year, and with limited ticket numbers, you need to get in quickly.

This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is hailed as the “best little festival of the North”!

This is “it!!” – the event not to be missed – Love it! Cook it! Drink it! Bite it! Sing it! A successful recipe of fantastic food, wine, entertainment and friendly locals all mixed up together in the Bay of Islands.

There is all-day entertainment with awesome bands and the headline act is White Chapel Jak!

Along with mouth-watering food, award-winning vineyards, beer, and cider – we have lots of fun! There are real kiwi competitions such as “Kina Sucking”, “Oyster Shucking and Eating” and “Pie Eating” – we are in Pai-hia after all.

Live music on stage all day which can be seen from all over the festival – it is a great friendly festival where you are never far from the action.

This is a family-friendly festival with a children’s area where you will find Mike the Magician, Polly Pockets giant bubbles and face painting. Under 5’s are free.

The Bay of Islands is a top holiday destination that has retained its small friendly feel – a great base for so many different activities whether it be a hole in the rock cruise, parasail, lie on the beach, have a swim, kayak, cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail or the Waitangi Mountain Bike, fish, sail, visit the Birthplace of our nation at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, or walk one of the many spectacular tracks. Of course, you can just sit in one of the many cafes or restaurants and enjoy the view!


Local Northland Wines are featured – Marsden Estate, Dancing Petrel, Rogue Vines to name a few!
A great selection of NZ beers and ciders.


A wide range of quality food and a great mix of cuisine from Aotearoa and further afield. Fresh local produce features throughout the mix.
Some of the goodies on offer;
Seared Scallops, Fritters – either Mussel, Paua, Smoked Fish and Smoked Salmon on lightly toasted bread, Smoked salmon/halloumi/chorizo on a skewer, Cheese boards, Steamed BBQ pork buns, Crispy prawn, Dumplings, Dim Sim, Fried bread Hungarian style with garlic and salt topped with watercress, walnut pesto, feta and tomato, French crepes, German Bratwurst and Austrian Cheesekrainer sausages in fresh buns.


“Kina Sucking”
“Oyster Shucking and Eating”
“Pie Eating” – we are in Pai-hia after all.
Register on the day just before the competitions.


Coming soon!

See the New Zealand Herald’s recap of one of our previous ‘it!’ Festivals


Q. Can I bring my own chairs and gazebos?
A. Chairs – yes. Gazebos – no – as they block views. Acceptable is a shade umbrella or small shade for kids as long as you place in a spot that does not obstruct peoples view of the stage and festival.

Q. Can I bring food and drink in?
A. No. All bags are checked. There is free water available. Bring an empty bottle to fill. Special dietary requirements or baby/toddlers – talk to us. There is food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to purchase in there.

Q. What do I get for my ticket price?
A. Entry to the festival, 6 hours of live music, entertainment and fun!

Q. Are animals allowed?
A. No

Q. What are the Terms and Conditions?
A. List them

Q. Can I smoke or vape at the festival?
A. Not in amongst the festival. We have a designated spot you can go and smoke and vape in within the festival area.

Q. Do I get a glass for my wine?
A. Yes you get given a polycarbonate festival glass.


Organised by Business Paihia Inc
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1 October 2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Business Paihia Inc.
021 122 9307
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Paihia Village Green
Village Green, 60 Marsden Rd
Paihia, Bay of Islands 0200 New Zealand
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