The avo beat IS BACK!

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These three acts are among a top line-up of en­ter­tain­ers at the Av­o­cado Food & Wine Fes­ti­val which is a great fam­ily day out.

The Av­o­cado Food and Wine Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is to­tally amped for this Satur­day’s event, held in the Av­o­cado Cap­i­tal of NZ.

“Ticket sales on­line have al­ready passed those of last year and ticket sales from the Arts Junc­tion are steadily go­ing out,” said com­mit­tee mem­ber Jac­qui Knight.

“The early bird ticket price is $20 per per­son or $25 at the gate so it pays to pur­chase in ad­vance, plus you will get through the gate a lot quicker with a pre-pur­chased ticket.”

The fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers want to en­sure that ev­ery­one has a good day so please be aware that on the day gates open at 11am and tick­ets will be $25 per per­son. Peo­ple un­der 18 years are free (when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult).

This year sees an in­crease in food and bev­er­age ven­dors with the re­turn of some favourites and a few new ones to main­tain a wide va­ri­ety.

“Our amaz­ing se­lec­tion of winer­ies and food ven­dors have ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly want — wine, beer, soft drinks, cof­fee and all sorts of de­li­cious meals and snacks. Bring cash, we do have eft­pos on site but cash will make your life much eas­ier.

“On the way out when leav­ing the venue, please be re­spect­ful of neigh­bours and re­mem­ber you are en­ter­ing a liquor ban area.”

To make it easy for fes­ti­val go­ers, Jac­qui sug­gests ar­rang­ing trans­port, ei­ther walk, bike or car-pool with friends. Park­ing is lim­ited around the venue but there is park­ing avail­able in Ko­tahi Lane or at the old Twick­en­ham site on the cor­ner of Mul­gan St for $5. Kate’s Kabs will be of­fer­ing a shut­tle ser­vice from the venue on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Peo­ple can pre-book this by call­ing 022 045 0525.

The fes­ti­val is very much a fam­ily event with the East­pack free kids zone avail­able with ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

One of the Bay’s most ex­pe­ri­enced chefs, Shane Yard­ley, is al­ways a pop­u­lar draw­card demon­strat­ing in the Seeka tent. And with the tal­ented line-up of mu­sic per­formed on the Apata main stage, with the sound spon­sored by 1st Signs — this fes­ti­val is lin­ing up to be one of the best yet.

With the hot sum­mer days of late, don’t for­get sun­block, hats and sun­nies. There will be gaze­bos up with ta­bles and chairs.

Jac­qui said peo­ple are wel­come to bring a chair or pic­nic rug too and please no dogs, just lots of peo­ple!

“Please leave food and drink at home.”

The Beat Girls are back to have some fun at the 2019 Av­o­cado Food and Wine Fes­ti­val. The sassy trio wowed the crowd at the 2017 fes­ti­val and are ready to do it again.

Tal­ented singer/song­writer Sarah Spicer will wow the crowd with her soul­ful voice. Spicer of Waihi cap­ti­vated au­di­ences with her soul sounds when a fi­nal­ist in X Fac­tor NZ. She had more than 1.1 mil­lion views of her X Fac­tor per­for­mance and later opened for US star Michael Bolton, who called her “one of the best warm-up artists” he had seen in many years.

Late 80s Mercedes will have you groovin’ till your feet hurt.The Late 80s Mercedes band in­fuse clas­sic rock and pop/funk with their swing flavour. Mercedes adds a ‘brass’ sec­tion to a solid band line-up.

Cook­ing up a storm in the Seeka tent is Shane Yard­ley, one of the Bay’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and widely trav­elled chefs. He will be demon­strat­ing tasty av­o­cado dishes to show “how it’s done”.

The all-im­por­tant sign­post helps peo­ple nav­i­gate the fes­ti­val.

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