The annual Wagga Food and Wine Festival has pledged its support to bushfire and drought appeals as this year's beneficiary.
Each year donating funds raised to a different charity, festival chairman Andrew Puckeridge said while the bushfire appeal was an obvious choice, the ongoing drought should not be pushed aside.
"It has been more than just fires that hit the region in recent months, the drought is still going and still having a huge impact on our region's farmers," he said.
"The funds will all be distributed locally here in Wagga and the Riverina too, we are in discussion with Tumbarumba Rotary and areas like Batlow to make sure money is going where it is most needed."
With 16 wineries and 22 food providers represented at this year's festival, Mr Puckeridge also hopes to see a flow on effect to business.
"We do home that our promotion of local produce and wines will invigorate struggling businesses during these tough times," he said.
The festival will be held at the Victory Memorial Gardens on March 28, with international band Black Sorrow headlining the entertainment.