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About the festival

Visa Wellington On a Plate | 5-21 May & 11-27 August 2023

2023 Festival Theme

Every year Visa Wellington On a Plate serves up a new festival theme to inspire participating venues and event organisers to create one-off menus, dishes, cocktails, burgers, and Festival Events. The theme marks a moment in time and inspires an exciting and unique programme each year. 

This year's theme is 'Breaking the Mould', and it's about pushing boundaries and looking at things differently. It’s about looking to the future, and being at the pointy end of change. It's also the perfect theme as we 'break' the Festival and are serve up two tasty bites of Visa Wellington On a Plate!

Festival Events

Plan your Festival by choosing from hundreds of events, with everything from hands-on masterclasses to multi-course degustations, and everything in between. Festival Events are on offer in both the May and August Edition of the Festival.

  • Be lured into the extraordinary with curated Festival Events. These culinary experiences are set to feed, educate, and challenge your senses. Be sure to plan ahead as tickets to popular events sell like hotcakes!

  • Pop Ups (no tickets required, free entry and pay on consumption) are on throughout the Festival - try themed menus, creative delicacies or unique restaurant experiences. Just show up and have a good time! Note: for some venues bookings are available, contact the venue if in doubt. 

Burger Wellington presented by Garage Project

Burger Wellington - 11-27 August 2023 

Burger Wellington presented by Garage Project is set to heat up your winter when it returns this August. Prepare yourself as the region’s chefs get down to business creating the ultimate burger, exploring everything weird and wonderful that fits between two buns.

The team at Garage Project are at it again too, as they’ll be brewing up a special range of festival beers to wash them all down. You’ll get to taste and rate all the burger goods across two delicious weeks. The only question that remains: who will be crowned with burger glory?

Dine Wellington and Cocktail Wellington

Discover why Wellington is known as the culinary capital as chefs go next level with exclusive dishes and special menus from hundreds of participating restaurants, cafes, bars and food trucks.

Dine Wellington - May 2024

Eat your way around the region with Dine Wellington as local chefs showcase their talent, creating dishes or set menus inspired by the Festival theme. Dine Wellington is usually offered alongside a restaurant’s normal menu. Be sure to check with the restaurant if reservations are recommended.

Cocktail Wellington - May 2024

Start or finish a night out with a special cocktail and matching tapas from the city's top bartenders. Cocktail Wellington offers a twist on your usual cocktail order as the city’s bartenders shake up Festival theme inspired tipples. Cocktail Wellington is usually offered alongside the venue’s normal drinks list.


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