‘Cuddly Cook’ special guest at Garden Tour
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.