What is F.A.W.C!?

F.A.W.C! stands for Food and Wine Classic. It's Hawke's Bay's twice-yearly celebration of the region's bounty, featuring fabulous one-off events at our many wineries, restaurants, cafes, breweries and cider tap rooms. Summer F.A.W.C! is held for 10 days in early November, while Winter F.A.W.C! warms up the region over four weekends in June.

What sort of food will there be?

Each event is completely different. Have a good read of the event descriptions and then, if you still have questions, we suggest contacting each event venue directly as they'll be best placed to answer.

Where can I book tickets? 

Through this very site - just click on the 'Buy Tickets' link in each event listing.

How do I get access to the pre-sale?

The pre-sale opportunity is available exclusively to our F.A.W.C! database, so make you're signed up. On the morning of the pre-sale, we'll email you the access code which allows you to purchase tickets 24 hours in advance of the general sale.

How do I know what's included in each ticket price?

We try to include as much detail as possible in the event descriptions, without giving the whole game away. If you think you need more detail to make a decision, we suggest you contact each event venue.

What if I have a food allergy? 

Please contact the venue directly to discuss your specific needs - the earlier the better, but should be at least 2 days' notice to ensure the event venue has sufficient time to prepare.

Can I sit with with friends?

Every event will do their best to sit friends with each other, although this may not always be possible. Once you have purchased your tickets, we suggest contacting the venue to let them know the size of your group - especially if you've all purchased tickets separately.

What transport options are available?

Occasionally our events include options for transport as part of the ticket inclusion - if it's available, it will be detailed in the event description. Failing that, we suggest checking out the Transport options on www.hawkesbaynz.com

Is F.A.W.C! R18?

Due to the nature of F.A.W.C!, you can assume events are limited to R18 unless child options are explicitly offered.

What if I change my mind or I can't make the event? 

We are unable to refund tickets - you can read the full ticketing policy on Eventfinda's website. You may like to consider using the F.A.W.C! Marketplace to sell your tickets to someone else.

What is the F.A.W.C! Marketplace and how does it work?

The marketplace helps to connect people wanting to sell tickets with those wanting to buy tickets. You email us, and we'll post a notice about your tickets.

I've booked tickets. Now, how do I find accommodation?

Take a look at the official Hawke's Bay website for more options.

How can I get to Hawke's Bay? 

Air New Zealand operate flights in and out of Hawke's Bay daily to destinations all over New Zealand. If flying isn't your thing you can self-drive and enjoy the stunning scenery on your way. Take a look at this page for tips on getting here - scroll to the bottom for a summary of your options.

What is F.A.W.C! by 5?

F.A.W.C! by 5 features every Winter, offering dining deals priced in multiples of $5, up to a maximum of $50 per person. These deals are available throughout the month, and should be booked in advance to ensure availability. Check out this year's line up.