Pas­toral plea­sures await rev­ellers

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Eat, Drink and be Crafty will have its third out­ing this Satur­day, on farm­land at Bat­tle Hill Farm For­est Park.

If the weather is fine, it’s a big day out for young and old, with more than 80 stalls sell­ing food, crafts, beer and wine, cloth­ing and jew­ellery.

Chil­dren’s games such as the three-legged and sack races, pony and amuse­ment rides and live mu­sic make it a magic day out in a ru­ral set­ting.

Founders Me­lanie Mad­dock and Chloe Jansen have taken a step back this year, with Mana Lions – who last year earned plenty of plau­dits for re-jig­ging the chaotic park­ing sit­u­a­tion from 2011 – as­sum­ing the or­gan­is­ing of the event.

Co-or­di­na­tor Bob Welsh says their involvement in 2012 gave them a good in­sight into what was re­quired and they are con­fi­dent of main­tain­ing what Mrs Mad­dock and Mrs Jansen kick-started.

More than 5000 peo­ple at­tended last year and he ex­pects at least the same again.

‘‘The lo­ca­tion is per­fect, you can’t really go wrong. We’ve been talk­ing to the stall­hold­ers and the other peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing, and ev­ery­one is really look­ing for­ward to the day.’’

Stall­hold­ers’ wares in­clude hand- made soap, garden art, can­dles, pot­tery and wooden toys, while among the food and drink on of­fer is Thai, Mex­i­can, French pas­tries, ice­cream, salami, paua, Tu­atara beer, limon­cello and bour­bon.

The pub­lic can use cash, but there will be an Eftpos sta­tion on hand to pur­chase ‘‘mar­ket money’’ for use on the stalls.

‘‘The wooden kids’ toys are new and there are a lot more food op­tions than last year,’’ Mr Welsh says.

Money raised will go to the Life Flight Trust.

Mr Welsh says Mana Lions have a num­ber of events on their cal­en­dar but Eat, Drink and be Crafty is likely the big­gest.

‘‘All the mem­bers turn out and it’s great for the club to be seen like this. We love be­ing out there on the day.’’

Cheers: Mana Lions’ Bob Welsh is an­tic­i­pat­ing a day full of sum­mer cheer at this Satur­day’s Eat, Drink and be Crafty fair.

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