New Zealand’s premier wine, food and music festival has reached its silver anniversary. Toast Martinborough will celebrate turning 25 in November with tickets going on sale from mid-May. The event marks the beginning of spring in the heart of the Wairarapa wine growing region, and this year the locals will be pulling out all the stops.

“Back in 1992 when Toast began, the newest tipple was Nouveau Rouge and Shortland Street had just come on TV,” said general manager Anna Nielson.

“Twenty-five years later, it’s great to be able to look back and keep elements that make Toast Martinborough such a unique experience, but also step things up significantly to celebrate our coming of age in style. It’s a very exciting year for us.”