Get your party shoes on, Queenstown

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The southern hemisphere’s biggest winter party is turning 35 this year and features a 10-day jam-packed programme to celebrate.

The resort will buzz with about 60,000 people between June 26-July 5, all celebrating the arrival of winter in true Queenstown style.

There’ll be fireworks, comedy, drag races, birdman action, jazz, street parades, a ball … and that’s just downtown.

Mountain action sees events such as Mountain Bikes on Snow, Speight’s Dog Derby, American Express Ski Through the Decades and the Media Suite Charity Breakfast.

Tickets for all events can be bought online at www.winterfestival.co.nz or by phoning 0800FESTIVAL.

 

Enjoy the Festival’s 35th Birthday in Style

It’s all about glitz, glamour and letting your hair down at this year’s Lindauer Diamond Masquerade Ball – a night where a mask and dancing are mandatory.

Your ticket includes cabaret-style live entertainment, canapes and Lindauer Reserve on arrival, followed by a sumptuous main course matched with Huntaway Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Stoneleigh Rapaura Chardonnay and a Montana Terroir Series Gabriel’s Gully Pinot Noir.

Gourmet desserts and cheeseboards complete the culinary experience.

Book a table with friends and start planning your outfit – the best-dressed person will be well rewarded.

When: Saturday, June 27, 7pm
Where: Millennium Hotel
Tickets: $149 per person

 

And the winner is …

Queenstown, you’ve had your say – and the official winner of Mountain Scene’s Blast from the Past competition for the renaissance of an old event is … the Undy 500.

Festival’s day events manager is now searching for the best venue and vantage point for this festival favourite.
The Undy 500 is open to those brave enough to bare all, so visit www.winterfestival.co.nz for entry details.

When: Wednesday, July 1
Where: Stay tuned

 

Gastronomic delights

One of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs, Al Brown, is set to wow food lovers this festival.

In a repeat of last year’s festival success story, Al brings his skills, experience and charm to a live culinary demo, entitled Millbrook and Brown, in Millbrook Resort’s award-winning Clubhouse restaurant.

Guests will be treated to an afternoon of top kitchen secrets and a four-course tasting menu, matched
with Gibbston Valley wines.

It promises to be a day of pure enjoyment, showcasing some of our finest local fare.

When: Wednesday, July 1, noon
Where: Millbrook Resort
Tickets: $119 per person

 

 Media Suite Charity Breakfast

Be among the first on the mountain this festival with the Media Suite Charity Breakfast.

Funnyman Te Radar will MC the event, to include speeches by an inspirational speaker and the winner of the inaugural Winter Festival Special Achievers Award – plus a not-to-be-missed auction with a winter flavour.

All proceeds go to the Bruce Grant Youth Trust – a charity set up in memory of a Queenstown adventurer killed climbing K2 – which supports young people with a passion for life.

Get yourself up the mountain with this great cause and help our talented youth. Your ticket includes breakfast, coffee and tea, and a glass of bubbles.

The Ski Through the Decades race is on afterwards – at 10.30am – so embrace the spirit of the day and dress in your finest retro ski gear.

When: Monday, June 29, 8am
Where: Coronet Peak
Tickets: $49 per person, $59 with transport