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welcome to Auckland's most picturesque festival

Come and join us for a relaxing day on the edge of the Waitemata Harbour in the historical seaside village of Devonport. With over 20 New Zealand and International wineries and more than a dozen varieties of cuisine available, join us and be entertained by another excellent range of top NZ music acts.  

In 2013 we had another great selection of New Zealand music including Annabel Fay, Avalanche City, Luke Thompson and Paul Ubana Jones. They were joined by Jamie McDell and Shona Laing as well as many other great acts over two stages.  We also welcomed back Ewen Gilmore, who was a huge success in 2010 when he played to large crowds on the Nederburg Band Rotunda, as well as had Andrew Clay joining us for the first time. With all of this and great wine and food it was an event not to be missed.

The More FM Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival 2013 was held over the weekend of the 16th & 17th February 2013 - thank you to those who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in Devonport.

Live it, Love it, Sing it - More FM Devonport Food Wine and Music Festival

 

Media Release - 05 Septemer 2013

End of an era? More FM Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival takes time out in 2014

For the past 24 years the More FM Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival has been the centre piece of Auckland’s summer, providing great food, wine and music while raising more than $2 million for community groups and charitable causes. Organiser Gavin Busch says “We are sad to announce that the festival will not ...be running in 2014. We’ve done our best and the Devonport – Takapuna Local Board has been supportive, but with so many heavily council funded events on at the same time next year along with the capital works occurring in Devonport itself, we just can’t find a way to deliver the quality event people have come to enjoy.”

Mr Busch is clearly disappointed and with good reason. Next year would have been the 25th anniversary of the original Devonport Food & Wine Festival. “25 consecutive years is quite an achievement. We’re really proud of how the event has enabled Rotary to support so many community groups and worthy projects over that time. Having spoken with Rotary, our sponsors and suppliers we know how disappointed they are with the decision, but they are also keenly aware of the issues we have been facing with Council since the Super City was created. We thank them for their understanding and look forward to talking to them about returning the event to Auckland in the future. ”

The festival has become synonymous with summer on the North Shore, and its appeal is widespread. It’s a major draw card across Auckland and also attracts a large number of international and domestic visitors. Although Mr Busch is trying to stay positive “the reality is I feel like I need to apologise, it’s really sad, more so because a more supportive council could have avoided this eventuality. The current strategy and council environment doesn’t support this type of event, but it’s a changing city and it could come back.”

Community organisations and charities that have benefitted from the festival over the years include:
Kids Can
Youthline
Plunket
North Shore Hospital Foundation
Rotary Polio Eradication Programme
Auckland City Mission
Waikatere Boating Club
Starship Hospital
Plus many more….