Sample some fine food and olive oil at festival
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.