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Edible art challenge for WoW prompts cocktail trail

As the World of WearableArt enters its second weekend (with standby tickets still available for most shows), locals and visitors have a number of ancillary ways to participate – and win – including cocktail and retail trails.

Garments from the World of WearableArt historical collection are on show at the WOW Hub under the sails outside the TSB Arena, with more at 12 installations on the WOW Wander walking trail at venues including the Cable Car Museum, Te Papa, QT Museum Wellington, L’affare, Circa Theatre and the Wellington Central Library.

But participating in the annual spring of WOW is not all about the clothes.

The Welly Loves WOW city excitement programme has set up other activities with shopping sprees and dining vouchers up for grabs (as always, terms and conditions apply).

If you’re taking photographs around the city, make sure to share any WOW-themed snaps using #WellyLovesWOW, as you could win one of five $1,000 shopping packages.

Visit the trail of retail windows in the annual Window Dressing Competition, and vote daily for your favourite until 9 October, and you will be in with a chance to win a $1,000 spending spree at David Jones and a year’s supply of L’affare coffee.

The St John’s silver and Absolut Blue Vodka Martini.

And then there’s the Edible Art challenge, a new event celebrating WOW’s 30th anniversary, that asked local hospitality providers to create the best dish or cocktail inspired by WOW’s 2018 theme of reflection, deep blues and purples.

The full list of entries is here, and you have until 14 October to vote for your favourite, and be in to win a $1,000 dining voucher.

We’re particularly taken with the Trinity Cocktail Trail, that starts with a Unicorn Cosmo at Concrete Bar on Lambton Quay, then heads up Willis Street for the illuminated crystal ball that is the  Fortune Tellers Potion at The Arborist Rooftop Bar, followed by the deconstructed Vanity Flair from renowned mixologist Riki Carter at Lulu Bar & Restaurant in Courtenay Place, and finishing with an Absolut Blue Martini at St John’s Bar & Restaurant on the waterfront.

The Concrete Unicorn Cosmopolitan

Speaking of St John’s, tickets go on sale today for their Melbourne Cup Day event on Tuesday 6 November. St John’s are rolling out the red carpet, with all the day’s racing on multiple large screens, a staffed TAB terminal with sweepstakes, and a $5 TAB betting slip as part of the $45.00 ticket price, which also includes a glass of G. H. Mumm and canapés on arrival, and a nibbles station, alongside ice sculptures, and sabrage action.

More details on the St John’s website, with tickets bookable here.