COVID has certainly severely tested the patience of event planners. While the 2021 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival had to be cancelled, Wine Marlborough is taking the leap for 2022, announcing that the 36th festival will be held Saturday 12th February. First held in 1985 when there were just four established wineries in the region (one of whom was yet to release wine), there are now 158 wineries offering a multitude of varieties and styles. All but two of the festivals have been held at the Brancott Vineyard (where the first vines of the modern-day era were planted), but as it’s currently undergoing development, the 2022 event will be held at the nearby Renwick Domain. Alongside hundreds of wines, festival-goers can expect to sample local culinary delights, take part in masterclasses, and listen to live music, which in past years has included some of NZ’s best musicians.