Sample some fine food and olive oil at fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Peo­ple will be head­ing out to the first is­land fes­ti­val of the sum­mer this week­end.

The Wai­heke Olive and Ar­ti­san Food Fes­ti­val is on November 23 and 24 at Rangi­houa Es­tate.

It is a chance for olive oil buffs to taste this year’s crop of ex­tra vir­gin olive oils from some of Wai­heke Is­land’s top pro­duc­ers and to learn about the prop­er­ties of olives at two ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars.

The ses­sions, at 11.30am and 12.30pm, will be in­side and run by in­dus­try ex­perts Dr Lau­rence Eyres and Mar- garet Ed­wards. Out on the lawn there will be ar­ti­san food lunch op­tions – from breads to gourmet burg­ers and plat­ters, along with Wai­heke wines, beer, cof­fee, and light re­fresh­ments.

There will be live mu­sic from 1pm on both days. On Satur­day, cov­ers band The Bur­rell Boys will start the en­ter­tain­ment, fol­lowed by Latin band Kan­tuta. On Sun­day the bluesy Mojo Ris­ers will be fol­lowed by Latin reg­gae in­flu­enced band Ra­dio Re­belde.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to a great week­end in­side the mill­house and out­side on the lawn,’’ fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Anne Sta­n­imiroff says.

‘‘And all the pro­duc­ers will be sell­ing their ex­tra vir­gin oils at spe­cial fes­ti­val prices – great for Christ­mas.’’

Rangi­houa Es­tate has a shel­tered, north fac­ing gar­den with a mi­cro-cli­mate of its own. Fes­ti­val go­ers are in­vited to bring a blan­ket and stay for the day.

Latin flavour: Seven piece band Kan­tuta will play at the Wai­heke Olive and Ar­ti­san Food Fes­ti­val at Rangi­houa Es­tate on Satur­day af­ter­noon, af­ter The Bur­rell Boys.

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