Tick­ets on sale for gar­den art fes­ti­val

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Tick­ets are on sale for the ea­gerlyan­tic­i­pated Bay of Plenty Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val Long Lunch.

The queen of gar­den shows Maggie Barry will host the event, held at Mills Reef Win­ery at noon on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 18. Spe­cial guest Ruud Klein­paste, also known as The Bug Man, will join in with some ban­ter and bug bril­liance, while Caitri­ona Fal­lon of River­dance fame will pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

Maggie, who is re­mem­bered by many for tele­vi­sion’s Maggie’s Gar­den Show, will in­spire with 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. Tick­ets cost $95 and in­clude the en­ter­tain­ment plus a three-course menu and drink on ar­rival. Tick­ets will be avail­able on the fes­ti­val web­site www.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­val.co.nz 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 muchan­tic­i­pated event.

This year’s fes­ti­val (No­vem­ber 15-18) will also in­clude Bloom in the Bay, which will be held at the fes­ti­val hub at Tau­ranga’s His­toric Vil­lage 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 fam­i­lies with young chil­dren — can en­joy key­note speak­ers, great en­ter­tain­ment (in­clud­ing live mu­sic), tasty food and bev­er­ages, ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, dis­plays and con­cept gar­dens.

“All this will 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 at­tend solely Bloom in the Bay is $5 per per­son, with free en­try for chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Fes­ti­val tick­ets are sell­ing well and can also be bought from Tick­etek or the Bay­court box of­fice.

Caitri­ona Fal­lon of fame will pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment at the BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val Long Lunch.

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