Performers welcome wine and food festival’s local focus

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The Oamaru Wine and Food Festival’s focus on bringing local acts to the stage this year has had much support from performers in the area.

The festival, being held on Sunday at the Public Gardens, will feature local acts such as The Bedfords, Vanessa Kelly, Spotless, Rock Bottom, The Pohas, Cold Kranking Amps and Shaun Todd.

Local musician Shaun Todd said he was looking forward to playing at the festival and was pleased the emphasis had been put on local performers.

“It’s pretty cool that they have got local acts performing,” he said.

“For me I suppose I’d just love to see local people get in behind local acts.

“It’s the first one where they haven’t tried to draw in a big act.”

The Pohas’ guitarist and vocalist Elton Crane said it meant a lot to the band to be asked to perform at the festival and they were proud to represent Oamaru musicians.

“The 2014 festival is purely about local performers and I do support that move, since the primary focus should be about the wine and food,” he said.

“Importing a big name performer costs plenty of money and the additional sound equipment required to support those acts is expensive, so that impacts on the ticket price.

“Personally, I prefer the smaller scale event which is family friendly and has a greater sense of community.”

The Oamaru Wine and Food Festival will be held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on Sunday, February 16, from 11am until 6pm.

The festival will be cancelled if the weather is too bad.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 from BNZ Oamaru, ODT Oamaru, Oamaru i-SITE and Liquorland, or at the gate for $25.

By Ruby Harfield

Photo: Oamaru musician Shaun Todd will be one of many local acts performing at this year’s Oamaru Wine and Food Festival. PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD