Two smiling people sit beside one another at a table in a restaurant enjoying burgers and fries at the Visa Wellington on a Plate food festival.

How many burgers, events, and pop-up restaurants can you fit into one month? You’re about to find out, when the city’s favourite foodie fest returns. Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP) has been running since 2009, bringing culinary delights to hospitality venues across the city and region. This year’s festival focuses on the crowd pleasers of previous years — events and burgers. 

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Each year has a different theme to inspire and unite the participants. For VWOAP 2024, the theme is ‘play with your food’. Expect playful dishes, fun and creative events, and a dollop of hands-on, audience participation. Visa Wellington On a Plate Manager Beth Brash says “We think that food should be enjoyed and it should connect us with others — so this year we’re encouraging participating restaurants and their teams to just have some fun.” 

Punters can get amongst the festivities at 100 or so events. While the details are still being cooked up, all will be revealed on 5 June when the 2024 programme goes live. Events and pop-ups are on throughout the month. Some events are one-offs, while others run for an extended period. International chefs, masterclasses, and exclusive venues will all be on offer, so you better clear your calendar now. 

From 5 to 25 August, you’ll need to have your appetite. With around 200 creative creations in the mix, it will be a big three weeks of burgers galore.