‘Cud­dly Cook’ spe­cial guest at Gar­den Tour

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She’s known as the ‘‘Cud­dly Cook’’, and well-known tele­vi­sion food pre­sen­ter and ra­dio per­son­al­ity, Annabelle White will be the celebrity chef at this year’s As­plundh Blos­som Fes­ti­val Spring Gar­den Tour. As well as get­ting the chance to view 10 unique gar­dens around Alexan­dra and Clyde, vis­i­tors to the pop­u­lar tour will also get to see Annabelle in ac­tion as she presents her taste de­lights over two days dur­ing the Blos­som Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions. Fes­ti­val event man­ager Martin McPher­son said Annabelle was very down-to-earth and cooked food that ap­pealed to ev­ery­one. ‘‘We are very pleased she is here and join­ing us af­ter re­turn­ing from the USA where she has been pro­mot­ing her lat­est cook­ing pub­li­ca­tion.’’ For 21 years Annabelle has pro­duced food col­umns for the as the Ev­ery­day Gourmet and Food De­tec­tive, and as of this month, she will be the new food editor for the With an MA from Waikato Univer­sity, Annabelle spent six years as a His­tory/ English and re­li­gious stud­ies teacher be­fore food writ­ing and a po­si­tion as food editor of lured her away from the black­board. She was awarded a Univer­sity of Waikato Hon­orary Alumni award in 2010. Her food phi­los­o­phy is very prag­matic – for­get all the non­sense and pre­ten­sion, food is about serv­ing a good qual­ity din­ner to your loved ones, and the less you do to great ingredients, the bet­ter.

The Gar­den Tour show­cases 10 gar­dens in Alexan­dra and Clyde and in­cludes a sump­tu­ous Devon­shire Tea at Or­chard Gar­den and cook­ing demon­stra­tion hosted by Annabelle at Two Pad­docks vine­yard.

Tick­ets cost $16 and are avail­able at all Cen­tral Otago i-SITES or on line at www.blos­som.co.nz. Annabelle will present her taste de­lights over two days on the Sun­day, Septem­ber 25 and Mon­day, Septem­ber 26 three times daily at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.

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