Fes­ti­val of cherry blos­som

Waipa Post - - News -

In cel­e­bra­tion of spring, the Waikato Cherry Tree Fes­ti­val will wel­come thou­sands of vis­i­tors this Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of the cherry trees in full bloom.

Stilt walk­ers, hu­man stat­ues, Ja­panese wai-taiko drum­mers, kapa haka, kung fu dis­plays and a Chi­nese dragon are some of the per­form­ers that will add to an en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily day out at Tama­here’s English Cherry Tree Manor.

The artists and per­form­ers at the fes­ti­val will rep­re­sent the many cul­tures of New Zealand, and lo­cal ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers will pro­vide a va­ri­ety of re­fresh­ments through­out the day.

The fes­ti­val is held at the pri­vate res­i­dence of NZ Pure Tour man­ag­ing di­rec­tors Paul Oul­ton and Anne Cao.

With so many peo­ple stop­ping to take photos of the cherry trees in bloom each year, the cou­ple cre­ated the fes­ti­val to open up their prop­erty for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

The trees lin­ing the 125m drive­way were all planted by Paul and are the show­stop­pers in the gar­den he has lov­ingly cre­ated over the last 23 years.

Hamil­ton Mayor An­drew King will of­fi­cially open the fes­ti­val at 11am on Satur­day, with the sym­bolic planting of a cherry tree to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Also among the con­firmed guest at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val are Labour MP Jamie Strange and Na­tional MP Tim Van de Molen.

The Waikato Cherry Tree Fes­ti­val is in its se­cond year. It was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess last year, with around 2000 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

Many more are ex­pected this year so the hours have been ex­tended to al­low a qui­eter day on the Fri­day for those want­ing to take photos and en­joy the gar­den, as well as night light­ing un­der the cherry trees over the three days.

■ English Cherry Tree Manor is at 125 Matangi Road, Tama­here. The fes­ti­val is open 8am-8pm, Septem­ber 21-23. Check un­der events at en.nzpure­tour.com for de­tails.

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