Eat, drink, play to transform Wellington hospitality ‘until 11’

Wellington's craft beer bar Little Beer Quarter will host a drag cabaret with Eva Goodcoq (pictured) and Braiden Butters as part of this year's Eat, Drink, Play festival.

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Wellington’s craft beer bar Little Beer Quarter will host a drag cabaret with Eva Goodcoq (pictured) and Braiden Butters as part of this year’s Eat, Drink, Play festival.

From music to movies, quizzes to drag cabaret, the Eat, Drink, Play festival will fill nearly every corner of Wellington with food, flavor and entertainment when it opens this Friday.

The festival will link more than 100 venues and events as part of the capital’s first major festival under the protection of Orange from May 6 to 29.

Little Beer Quarter general manager Ryan Robertson said the festival events will boost the mood of the city’s hospitality scene.

“The whole atmosphere goes up to 11. It’s great to have events that you don’t usually see in [Wellington] sites,” Robertson said.

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Little Beer Quarter will host returning drag performers Eva Goodcoq and Braiden Butters for two drag cabaret events during the festival.

“They just blew our minds the first time they came here,” Robertson said.

Matt McLaughlin said Eat, Drink, Play is about the “ecosystem” of venues, suppliers, brewers and artists in Wellington's hospitality and entertainment scene.  (File photo).

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Matt McLaughlin said Eat, Drink, Play is about the “ecosystem” of venues, suppliers, brewers and artists in Wellington’s hospitality and entertainment scene. (File photo).

Matt McLaughlin of Hoff Hospitality said he hoped the festival would encourage Wellingtonians to get out and get involved in the capital’s hospitality scene as the lifting of restrictions reopens the city.

“Welcoming people is not just a question of places. We are an ecosystem – I really feel for our suppliers, brewers and performers too. It’s been a tough few years, but we’re really excited to get started with Eat, Drink, Play,” McLaughlin said.

Festival-goers could expect everything from a costume thriller at Dillingers, a Rocky Horror Show party at the Bristol Hotel, dueling pianos at Panhead Tory St and an array of food and drink experiences .

Children’s events were planned at the Southern Cross bar on Abel Smith St and 2022 would also see the return of the popular Kids Movieoke to Khandallah Trading Co.

Festival director Jeremy Smith said the expanded Eat, Drink, Play lineup had

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Festival director Jeremy Smith said the expanded Eat, Drink, Play lineup had “something for everyone”. (File photo).

Festival director and Hospitality NZ board member Jeremy Smith said his team were delighted to be bringing the Eat, Drink, Play festival back for a second year after it was created in response to the challenge of Covid-19 in 2021.

“We’re really proud of the lineup we’ve managed to put together this year, and we’ve really expanded our offering so there’s something for everyone,” Smith said.

Blackseeds frontman and musical director of Fly My Pretties, Barnaby Weir, had created The Wellington Live Music Trail “a mini festival within a festival” of musical acts across the city during the last weekend of Eat, Drink, Play .

“The Wellington Live Music Trail is also a chance for us to recognize and celebrate the fact that live music and our fantastic local hospitality scene have always worked together to create something greater than the sum of its parts: nightlife. incredibly unique,” Weir said. .

Julia Deans will be taking part in the Live Music Trail as part of the May Eat, Drink, Play festival events at Meow on May 27.  (File photo).

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Julia Deans will be taking part in the Live Music Trail as part of the May Eat, Drink, Play festival events at Meow on May 27. (File photo).

Julia Deans, officially from Fur Patrol, would play a special show at Meow on May 27 alongside a reformed Boomshack Band and special guests to kick off the weekend concerts.

Deans said it was his first opportunity to play “a normally spaced gig” in nearly two years.

“It will be great to see people hanging out, socializing and enjoying each other’s company again,” Deans said.

In February, Drew James said acts previously booked for Cuba Dupa would be funneled into Eat, Drink, Play events.  (File photo).

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In February, Drew James said acts previously booked for Cuba Dupa would be funneled into Eat, Drink, Play events. (File photo).

In February, Creative Capital Arts Trust chief executive Drew James said acts booked for Cuba Dupa would be routed to Eat, Drink, Play after red lights forced the cancellation of the street festival.

“Some doors are closing, others are opening. We are really interested in helping artists find work and we are really keen to help hospitality venues in Wellington,” said James.

Find the full list of Eat, Drink, Play events and experiences here.

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