May 29th, 2019 Andy

How to Festival 2019

It’s happening!! Visa Wellington On a Plate launches TODAY - our website is now live, programmes guides are out in the wild, so you can start planning to eat your way around the Culinary Capital this August.

Visa Welly On a Plate changes and grows every year, and 2019 is no exception. This year we have a record number of Festival Events, Festival Dishes, Burgers and Cocktails. Here's what you need to know:

The VWOAP 2019 Programme Guide

You probably can’t wait to get your hot hands on the Visa WOAP 2019 Programme Guide (we see your little set of highlighters lined up in rainbow-coloured row over there).

The physical Visa WOAP 2019 Programme Guide is available from Wednesday, 29 May. It covers Festival Events, Dine Welly Festival Dishes, and has a full events calendar and festival index. You can pick up yours at one of these locations.

Take it from us, it is 10/10 reading material.

Cocktail Wellington, Garage Project presents Burger Wellington and Dine Wellington 

This year you'll see that this year Burger Welly, Cocktail Welly and Dine Welly fixed menu listings are not in the printed guide. With record numbers and such a big programme we just couldn't fit everything in this year's guide!

But fear nowt. We know sitting down with your crew, and planning your burger/cocktail strat is a favourite VWOAP pastime. You can find downloadable, printable PDFs for each on the VWOAP website. So you can highlight, circle and calculate your plan of attack to your heart's content.

New festival structure - Visa Wellington On a Plate is a month long!

You must have heard by now the Festival this year is a whole month long! This means you no longer have to cram everything into two weeks (let’s face it - at times it got a little overwhelming, not just for diners, but also for restaurants, bars and eateries and the tireless service staff).

Festival month is divided in half with Dine and Burger Wellington each having their own dedicated fortnight:

  • Dine Wellington - 1-16 August
  • Burger Wellington - 17-31 August
  • Festival Events and Cocktail Welly run across the entire month of August.

Insider tip: you might need a bigger pair of pants...

Tickets on sale dates for Festival Events & ballots

Get ready to ready, set, GO!! It’s always a fevered dash to the keyboard to get tickets for Visa WOAP Festival Events - and we have some incredible events this year.

Some SO incredible, we want to give everyone a shot at getting tickets. Before the usual Visa pre-sale ticket dates for Festival Events (10 - 12 June), we will be running ballots for six key Festival Events, the standout Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate and five Singapore Airlines Chef Collaborations, so you won't have to stress about having the fastest click.

Please mark these ticket sales dates in your calendars:

  • Chef collaboration ballots open on Wednesday 29 May at 10am, and close Monday 3 June at midnight
  • Visa pre-sale - from midday Monday 10 June to midnight Wednesday 12 June 
  • General tickets on sale from Monday 17 June at 12pm.

2019 balloted events are:

Now we’ve given you the insider word so get ready to Feast your Senses at Visa Wellington On a Plate 2019!