El­e­ments cur­tail Wanakafest crowds

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Or­gan­is­ers of the Wil­lowridge Wanakafest said this year’s ‘‘gum­boot event’’ is un­likely to break even. Down­pours of rain, wind and a spring snow­fall through­out the weekend meant stall hold­ers had mixed sales and not as many peo­ple as hoped turned out for some of the events. Event man­ager Lau­rel Mor­ri­son said ‘‘we were def­i­nitely left feel­ing like we were bat­tling the el­e­ments’’. This year’s event cost $170,000 to run and the in­come from the event would be known in two to three weeks. Up to 50 per cent of the in­come from the event was from sell­ing items such as wine and beer glasses at the Lake Wanaka Wine and Food Fes­ti­val and un­for­tu­nately the weather deterred many event go­ers, Ms Mor­ri­son said.


Hot frocks: Shows by Wanaka fash­ion house 47 Frocks were among the stars of the show at Wanakafest’s Pas­sion for Fash­ion. Weather­proof: Lo­cal girl Jody Direen rocked the Lake Wanaka Wine and Food Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, un­de­terred by the rain.

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