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Stay and Eat Curious at one of these venues

August 4, 2021

Need a home base this August? We might have exactly what you need. Our accommodation partners offer special deals for keen festival-goers who need to be in the centre of the action and a safe and comfortable space to rest.

For 2021, they've pushed the boundaries and are serving a fantastic lineup of fun and engaging Festival Events and Pop Ups, storyful dine dishes, ambitious burgers and delicious cocktails.

Check them out, find the perfect match and book your stay! 

QT Wellington

For 2021, QT Wellington came up with a line up of extravagant Festival Events and Festival dishes for both its onsite venues: Hippopotamus Restaurant and Hot Sauce that matches both this year's festival theme: Out of Place and the QT's aesthetic.

Pour Your Art Out at Hippopotamus Restaurant

7, 8, 14, 15 Aug, 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Ticketed event (selling fast!)

Hippopotamus has high tea down to a fine art. Literally. For budding art enthusiasts to professional Picassos, the only requirements are an empty stomach that’s not squeamish around the human figure. Hippo is transforming into an artist’s studio to draw out your creative side. What to expect when an exquisite high tea meets the world of art, models, sketch pads and striking a pose?

Bloody Mary themed Festival dishes at Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce is coming in hot with some outrageous offers for their Burger Welly and Cocktail Welly offer. Ones that might scare off the less adventurous but surely win the heart of the ambitious who are in for the gram.


The Bloody Outrageous - Burger Welly

Pure South beef patty with Fix & Fogg Smoke & Fire mayonnaise, tomato sauce, American mustard, pickles, cheddar, Swiss cheese and jalapeño jam in a Zaida’s Sriracha brioche bun, with a Virgin Mary, famous popcorn chicken skewer and kimchi bao and pickles. Even more outrageous when paired with one of the new Garage Project beers: Zitrone Weisse.


The Bloody Outrageous Mary - Cocktail Welly

Vodka, horseradish, Gringo Killer Sauce Twisted Thai marinade, Huffman’s Hot Sauce Spiced Bloody Mary Tomato Ketchup, tomato juice, salt, pepper and lemon. Accompanied by a Pure South beef burger and popcorn chicken skewer and a kimchi bao with pickles.

Bonus: The Bloody Outrageous Mary is available in a non-alcoholic version rightfully named The Not-So-Bloody Outrageous Mary.

InterContinental Wellington

With all three onsite venues participating in the festival, you're assured a Visa Welly On a Plate 360 adventure on one city block with InterContinental Wellington!

Pop up at Chameleon Restaurant - South-East Asia Street Food Meets Five Star

4-7 Aug, 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Free entry pay on consumption

Come on a culinary journey through South-East Asia, eating your way through small snacks to sharing-style curries, all washed down with cocktails. Chameleon will be transforming their menu and evoking the flavours of the street markets found across South-East Asia - with a few luxury twists.


Get a drink from the Lobby Lounge

Itsy Tipsy Spider - Cocktail Welly

House-smoked Bourbon, Vermouth and Smokey Pokey Wooden Spoon Ice cream. Accompanied by a chocolate sprinkle donut.

Bonus: the cocktail is also available in a non-alcoholic version. The Virgin Eyes on You: House-smoked ginger ale, lime and Smokey Pokey Wooden Spoon Ice cream. Accompanied by a chocolate sprinkle donut.


Go bling-bling at Two grey

El Dorado - Burger Welly

It is well known that everything the Two Grey's kitchen touches turns into gold but this year, the venue took it quite literally and is serving El Dorado: Bourbon-spiked Wagyu beef patty with Organic Wildness Chocolate barbeque sauce, caramelised onions, buttercrunch lettuce and cheddar in a gold glazed brioche bun, with fried cheese rings.

Bonus: El Dorado is also available in a vegetarian or vegan alternative.


Located in the Sofitel's premises is Jardin Grill. This year they are covering every single platform of the festival, guaranteeing festival goers the ultimate Visa Wellington On a Plate experience.

Gin and Fin - Tous les gouts sont dans la nature 

7 Aug, 6:00pm - Late | Ticketed Festival Event (selling fast!)

An interactive evening with local legend, Chef Roy Giam, beginning with a demonstration from Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon, followed by courses of 'nose to tail' inspired salmon dishes, all paired with Wellington's Denzien gins and Queenstown's own Zenkuro Sake.

You will also be joined by Michael Sprague of Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon, Mark Halton of Denzien Gin and David Joll of Queenstown's Zenkuro Sake. This will be an engaging night out for those who love salmon, gin, and all those who like to indulge in something new!

Ki te Ngahere - Dine Welly

Also available in two or three courses menu

Inspired by the story of the local Wellington suppliers, Ki te Ngahere is composed of Longbush pork belly, slow-cooked on a wood-fired rotisserie with Mela apple cider purée, sprouting broccoli, and toasted almonds.

Overdose of Satisfaction - Cocktail Welly

Marshmallow-infused Southward Distilling vodka, Baileys, coffee liqueur, espresso and marshmallow syrup garnished with toasted housemade marshmallows. Accompanied by a selection of petits-fours.

The Bounty Hunter - Burger Welly

Spiced pulled pork shoulder with house BBQ sauce and ranch dressing in a Pandoro milk bun, with handcut chunky fries.

All our accommodation partners' Visa Wellington On a Plate offers are available in our Stay and Play curated list. Remember to check availability if you are planning on booking a stay or a culinary adventure!