Elements curtail Wanakafest crowds
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.