Thousands of people packed into the Northland Events Centre on Saturday for the seventh edition of the Whangārei Fritter Festival - a celebration of food, music and fine wines and beers.

Ticket sales for Whangārei's popular Fritter Festival were the highest they have been since the event began in 2013.

It was headlined by iconic Kiwi band Dragon, and Drax Project who were recognised as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards while also winning Single of the Year for their hit Woke Up Late.

Other acts included Otium and Knights of the Dub Table.

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Fritter Festival featured a seven-act stage line-up; 15 food vendors from top Northland eateries who will plate an array of gourmet sweet and savoury fritters; 11 Northland vineyards serving up fine wine; and a purpose-built, giant waterslide.

Northern Advocate photographer John Stone went along too.