A gourmet meal, fine wines, a surprise selection from the festival programme, a chance to catch up with old friends… what better way to start your Festival immersion!

The popular gala dinner will again be held at Mahana Estates (formerly Woollaston Estates) and will include cameo performances by the New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet) and Matthew Barley (cello).

Tickets are $140 per person, which includes a sumptuous three course meal and wine and are available for sale now here.