Get ready to eat and be merry at gar­den fete

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - AN­GELA O’CAR­ROLL

It’s that time of year again. Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough is fast ap­proach­ing and so is the Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete.

And this year, Eat Street is back, and big­ger than ever.

The street was in­tro­duced at the Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete last year and the fol­low-up has grown to in­clude 40 food stalls.

Some will be scat­tered through­out the fete, but most will take up res­i­dence on Sey­mour Street, in front of the clock tower.

The street will be set up with bench seat­ing, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to sit and eat their food.

Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough event man­ager Jodie Grif­fiths says the event gives peo­ple the ‘‘op­por­tu­nity to gather and chat and eat and drink and all that’’.

Lo­cal food and pro­duce will fea­ture among the 40 food stalls, as well as oth­ers that have trav­elled fur­ther, Grif­fiths says.

‘‘There will be a whole range of things. We’ve stuck to just real fruit ice-creams this year, but a lot of wraps, street-food sort of style,’’ Grif­fiths says.

Just about all the food ven­dors from last year are re­turn­ing, as well as a few new ones. Some of the re­turn­ing ven­dors are Feast Mer­chants, of Blen­heim, and Viva la Vaca from Nel­son.

The fete it­self will have 150 stalls. Grif­fiths says about half of them are gar­den or plant re­lated.

Nel­mac will have a dis­play of hang­ing bas­kets as well as their plant creche, where they look af­ter your plants while you shop.

The rest are mainly craft stalls, sell­ing wares such as soaps, cloth­ing, hats and jew­ellery.

There will also be en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day from some members of the brass band and later Ra­paura School band.

‘‘There will be a whole range of things. We’ve stuck to just real fruit ice­creams this year, but a lot of wraps, street-food sort of style.’’

A pre­sen­ta­tion of gar­den awards will take place at the fete.

Grif­fiths says they usu­ally have be­tween 6000 and 8000 vis­i­tors at the Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete, but turnout nor­mally de­pended on the weather. They had al­ready sold more than 3000 tick­ets for their other Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough tours and work­shops this year.

The fete will run from 9am to 3pm on Novem­ber 12 in Sey­mour Square, Blen­heim.

En­try is free.


Jodie Grif­fiths, Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough event man­ager ‘Eat street’ at last year’s Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete, as part of Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough.

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