This years Wine and Food festival has managed to lock down some local talent, in the form of 16 year old Garin College student Brooklyn Scott.

The singer/songwriter has been performing since she was 6 years old. She scored her first big break at a school production at Brightwater school.

“It was at that stage when we realised that she could sing,” says mum Sonya Watson.

It wasn’t long before Brooklyn had taken her talents busking in Nelson, at 10 years of age.

Recently, Brooklyn has had a string of success at the Smokefree Rockquest.
She competed in the solo/duo category in 2017, when she was year 9, and won in the regional contest. She even managed to make it into the top 10 acts in New Zealand.

Her success continued in 2018, when she won the solo/duo category for Nelson again, and last year she placed second.

She’s also performed at the Country Music Awards in Nelson, as well as the Gold Guitar awards down in Gore.

Brooklyn writes and performs her own songs, and has recently started recording some of her tracks at Garin College.

“I’ve started writing a lot recently, but it’s funny looking back at songs you wrote when you were younger, it’s slightly embarrassing.”

Despite her success, Brooklyn says she was shocked when she was approached about performing at this year’s Wine and Food Festival.

“It was such a huge honour to be asked.”

Diana Wilkins, one the organisers for the event, says that it’s important to showcase local talent.

“It’s all about giving back and using our local talent.”

“It gives young people a chance to be featured, it’s good to encourage our local talent.”

The Nelson Tasman Wine and Food Festival is taking place at the Richmond A&P Showgrounds on February 16, from 11am – 5pm. The festival is a smoke-free event and is organised by Richmond Rotary to raise money to put back into the community.

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