Main­land flavours on the menu at Rangiuru

Te Puke Times - - SPORT - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­

A taste of South­land, a taste of Kiwi and a taste of the ex­otic will all be part of Satur­day’s Rangiuru School Coun­try Fair.

Prin­ci­pal and South­lander Mike Gul­lick de­cided it would be a good idea to give North Is­lan­ders a taste of the south.

“In South­land any dairy any­where you see cheese rolls — it’s a south­ern del­i­cacy,” he says.

Kiwi favourites white­bait frit­ters and “some­thing that fits in quite well at a coun­try fair”, goat curry will also be on the menu.

With the back­ing of the May fam­ily, the school will be us­ing Marigold Cafe kitchen to pro­duce slices to sell on the day.

“In the past we’ve had food ven­dors com­ing in, but we wanted to do things that were in­ter­est­ing and a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” says Mike.

The coun­try fair this year fea­tures an eco/sus­tain­abil­ity theme.

“We’ve gone with [that] be­cause we feel that ties in very well with what we do here at school. It’s cer­tainly some­thing we push quite strongly with the kids at the school.”

Mike says there has been a good re­sponse to re­quests for spon­sor­ship and that will help with fundrais­ing and al­low the school to of­fer at­trac­tive lots for the si­lent auc­tion, in­clud­ing cook­ery books by Annabel Lang­bein, passes to a range of at­trac­tions and, in line with the theme, prod­ucts from Eco Planet, Earth­wise and Only Good. For fam­i­lies there is a scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion and for chain­saw-handy adults, a chain­saw sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion. An­i­mals will in­clude horses to ride as well as rab­bits and chick­ens and there will be toys from Te Puke Toy Li­brary and a bouncy cas­tle. ■ The coun­try fair starts at 10am and fin­ishes at 2pm.

Buddy Mikaere at the site of the pro­posed Matuku Moana de­vel­op­ment in Puke­hina.

Rangiuru School pupil Nayumi Sales is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the chick­ens at Satur­day’s Coun­try Fair.

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