Tickets on sale for garden art festival
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.