Gar­den Art fes­ti­val on sale

Bay News - - HELLO WORLD -

Tick­ets go on sale this week for the Bay of Plen­tyGar­den and Art Fes­ti­val Long Lunch.

The queen of gar­den shows Mag­gie Barry will host the event, which will be held at Mills Reef Win­ery at noon on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18. Spe­cial guest Ruud Klein­paste, also known as The Bug Man, will pro­vide bug bril­liance, while Caitri­ona Fal­lon of

fame will pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

Mag­gie, who is re­mem­bered by many for tele­vi­sion’s

will in­spire­with many sto­ries from her con­nec­tion to the gar­den world.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Marc An­der­son says only lim­ited tick­ets will be avail­able, so those keen to at­tend should get in quickly.

Tick­etswill cost $95 in­clud­ing the en­ter­tain­ment plus a three-course menu and drink on ar­rival. Tick­ets will be avail­able on the fes­ti­val web­site www.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­ from the end of this week.

Marc says the bi­en­nial fes­ti­val is about more than its gar­den and art trail, and the Long Lunch is tra­di­tion­ally a much-an­tic­i­pated event.

This year’s fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 15-18 will also in­clude Bloom in the Bay, which will be held at the fes­ti­val hub at Tau­ranga’s His­toricVil­lage from 9am un­til 9.30pm on all fes­ti­val days.

“Bloom in the Bay of­fers peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to come and soak up the cre­ative at­mos­phere. The site will be a place where ev­ery­one— in­clud­ing fam­i­lieswith young chil­dren— can en­joy key­note speak­ers, great en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing live mu­sic, tasty food and bev­er­ages, ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, dis­plays and con­cept gar­dens. All thiswill add to the colour, excitement, and wide-spread ap­peal,” Marc says.

■ Gar­den and Art Trail tick­ets in­clude free en­try to Bloom in the Bay.

The cost for those wish­ing to just at­tend Bloom in the Bay is $5 per per­son, with chil­dren 12 and un­der free.

Fes­ti­val tick­ets are from the fes­ti­val web­site, Tick­etek, orat the Bay­court box of­fice.

Mag­gie Barry

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