Linda Meads takes a look at what makes Toast Martinborough tick.

Martinborough's big day out sticks to a simple formula done well: take one of New Zealand's most picturesque winegrowing areas, add add top-notch food, wine tasting, excellent entertainment and 8000 well-dressed happy punters and you've got all the ingredients for a world-class festival that keeps people coming back year after year for more.

The pretty Wairarapa wine village, home to a population of just under 1700, takes the annual influx of largely Wellingtonian wine enthusiasts in its stride when the Toast Martinborough festival rolls around each November. It's about

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