Getting it right


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
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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.

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.

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

The pre-sale opportunity is available exclusively to our F.A.W.C! database, so make sure 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

 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.

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.

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

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.