Thank you for an amazing day. 

My, what a year it has been! Everyone's settled down now and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you — revellers, producers, pourers, volunteers, music-makers and stall-holders — for giving your all and your best to make Budburst 2016 a success.

We simply could not have done it without everyone chipping in the Kiwi way at every stage including; the crowdfunding campaign, the recruitment of volunteers, the signing up of wineries, bands, artists and kitchens (thank you Antojitos, Salty Pidgin and Espresso Rescue!), the retail and logistics support from Regional Wines & Spirits, the media support from our many friends (John Saker, Joelle Thomson and Organic Winegrower's NZ) and the hard-core promotion via word-of-mouth from all corners of Wellington hospitality.

As we leave the summer solstice behind us and forge into the new year, we wanted to give you an update on where we are at. The question which every member of the volunteer organising committee has been asked to mull on over the summer break is whether to plan for the next Budburst in 2017 or 2018. Do we keep it as a one-day festival or run some smaller event days in the 'off years' and make it bigger on alternate years? Do we keep it in November or move it earlier in the year? Much to think about!

As with everything, we would love to hear from you and know what you think. All feedback, positive or negative, is welcome. We created this festival for the community so community feedback is very much valued. Feel free to email us at

From all of us here at Team Budburst, have a very merry Summer Holiday and a fantastic New Year Celebration. See you in 2017!