SUMMERTIME AT THE MOUNT
Back for another year the Gourmet Night Market offers something delicious for everyone. From farmers’ market stalls and live music to a huge array of dinner and dessert choices, this event is child-friendly, alcohol free and dog-friendly (on leads) and promotes zero waste.
Fridays 5pm till dark, December–March
Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui
Fun for all the family and a great way to stock the freezer.
Sunday Lunch Ohinemuri Winery (Karangahake) 10 January 2016
Castaways Resort (Waiuku) 21 February 2016.
Matakana Winery Tour 18–20 March 2016
Gift Vouchers available.
Phone: 544 1383
JENNY COKER EXHIBITION
Jenny has an exhibition opening on 2 February at 5.30pm at The Garden Art Studio. Jenny is a multi-talented Tauranga artist living and painting in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. She is celebrated for portraying the delights of home and garden in both watercolour and oil.
Set in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens, the annual Hamilton Garden Arts Festival is a smorgasbord of top international, national and local performances. The Hamilton Gardens will explode with colour, movement, sound and life over 10 action-packed days.
19–28 February 2016
Foodie heaven is coming to Whakatane! Enjoy cooking lessons, demonstrations, dining experiences, competitions, food tastings and ‘go glam’ at the Hospice gala dinner. Celebrate summer’s bounty and local delicacies at this week-long event.
21–28 February 2016
Finally a food and wine festival for the Waikato! Spend the day enjoying the ambience of the Hamilton Gardens, savouring the flavours of the Waikato along with an exclusive VIP area, live cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs and a main stage line-up with buzzing live entertainment from the Waikato and beyond.
Sunday 28 February
THE KATIKATI AVOCADO FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
The Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival is a wonderful way to spend a summer’s afternoon enjoying live music and entertainment in a carnival atmosphere whilst savouring excellent food and fine wine with the glorious avocado taking centre stage. The festival takes place from 11am to 6pm at the Uretara Domain in Katikati on Saturday March 5th. All proceeds from the event go back to the local community with this year’s beneficiary being the Trustpower TECT Helicopter Rescue Service. Early bird tickets ($16) can be booked at www.iticket.co.nz or by gate sales ($20) on the day.
MERCURY BAY ART ESCAPE
This self-drive open studio tour is centred around the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. This popular event sells out every year, so get your tickets early to save disappointment.
Next tours: 5–6 and 12–13 March 2016
The Great Pumpkin Carnival was started in 2009 by Jenny Rowden as an event to celebrate pumpkins, showcase Hamilton Gardens and to be a fun family day out for people of all ages.
Check out the website for photos, information and details on how to enter.
3 April 2016
Homegrown Harvest is a new section at the Waikato Show this April. Celebrating food produced locally, Aaron Brunet will be in a pop up kitchen space where the public can come with their home grown produce and he’ll share his recipe ideas.
A tasty bounty of locally produced cuisine to sample and buy from our selection of exhibitors along with the Waikato Vegetable Fruit & Food Competition (categories include a vegetable bounty basket, apple pie bake and preserves).
Entry forms and more information at www.waikatoshow.co.nz/homegrownharvest
Aratika Cancer Trust has been running retreats and workshops since 2011 to help overcome the challenges of cancer. This programme covers lifestyle medicine practices that offer improved quantity and quality of life, all totally complementary to conventional treatment.
It is suitable for those just diagnosed or those who have finished treatment and want to improve their wellness.
9–16 April 2016
Tauhara Centre, Lake Taupo
Rocket Tasting Sessions
Every Friday at 1pm
Barton Street, Hamilton
call 839 6422 to book
Hamilton Farmers Market
(including the Hamilton Creative Market)
Every Sunday morning from 8am-12 noon.
Te Rapa Racecourse, Te Rapa Rd, Hamilton
Locally grown produce direct from the grower, hand-made artisan food, great coffee and breakfast, quality arts and crafts by local creators. Live music and places to sit under the trees enjoying good company.
Cambridge Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning from 8am-12 noon.
Victoria Square, cnr Victoria Street & Alpha Street
Fresh local produce, lovely coffee and delicious food in the heart of Cambridge.
Every Saturday 7.45am to 12noon Tauranga Primary School between Arundel St, Cameron Rd and 5th Avenue
A diverse range of fresh local produce and locally produced artisan food.