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Fusion front runner: Formosa Restaurant


Atmosphere and flavour collide at Formosa, Ashburton’s standout Asian-fusion restaurant perfect for post-race dinner, fine dining, cocktails or dessert.

The Formosa experience starts from the moment you walk in the door; where you are greeted with a vibrant red brick wall emblazoned with flowers and cluster of red parasols floating above.

With beautiful, polished décor in a spacious setting, Formosa has three roomy and uniquely themed spaces: The VIP Room, Chinese Lantern Area, and the Red Parasol Area that are perfect for an intimate date night, a family lunch or event for up to 120 guests.

It also has an open kitchen so you can witness the creation of your food and engage with the friendly chefs while they are in action preparing beautifully presented, authentically Asian dishes.

The fabulous food pairs beautifully with the delightful wines and cocktail menus and can be prepared for dine in or takeaway, or customised for an event, complete with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

A fine dessert menu and new high tea offering provide even more options for post-race festivities, or something special to do this spring and summer.

Open Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

Phone 03-308 7874 or email info@formosainash.com to make a booking


 

Fabulous Flirty Feet: Style Footwear


The sun is out and summer is on its way at Style Footwear in the heart of Ashburton’s CBD. New ranges from Saimon, Cabello, Revere and others are arriving, and the team are excited to show you what’s available this season.

 

The casual lace-up look is popular again, with over a dozen colours available in just one style! With colours like mustard, orange, mint, white, tan and sky blue coming through, not only in footwear but accessories, it’s looking like a bright season ahead.

There are beautiful dress sandals for special occasions, bring in your outfit to find the right footwear. With the new range of handbags and jewellery in store, there might be everything you need in one place.

Style Footwear now stock Baron Leathergoods men’s wallets and key rings – Baron are another New Zealand family business and a pleasure to work with, says store owner Melissa Shimmin.

Style Footwear is Ashburton’s only Ruralco and Rural Women’s supplier, and discount is given to those who show their cards. Laybuy is also available instore and online. Check out the specials area for a good bargain.

It’s been a challenging year, but Melissa is optimistic for the season ahead and says the support, from not just suppliers, but Canterbury locals, has been amazing and she wants to thank everyone.

Follow Style Footwear on Instagram, Facebook and online.


 

It must be fête! (St John Ashburton)


What started as an offer of a stroll through six hectares of spectacular gardens now includes a fête with more than 60 stalls and live entertainment. This inaugural event for Ashburton St John will raise funds for its community health initiatives and local services.

 

Hosted by Sue and Ted Rollinson at their Awaroa School Road property near Rakaia, the fête includes cuisine offerings and live entertainment – including a cooking demonstration by local chef, caterer and former Masterchef finalist Chantelle Quinn.

The boutique stalls offer a range of unique, artisan and New Zealand made eco-products including clothing and accessories, garden plants and supplies, furniture, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, giftware and gourmet food and wine.

Tickets include admission and an opportunity to explore the acres of gardens and meandering boardwalk through native forests.

Tickets can be purchased on www.eventfinda.co.nz, or from a variety of locations. Call 03 308 7132 or check the St John Ashburton Facebook page for details.


 

A stylish step forward: Style Footwear


The team is back up and running at Style Footwear on Burnett Street in Ashburton. Located in the CBD, the friendly store is packed with comfortable, stylish footwear as well as new ranges of bags, wallets, scarves and jewellery.

Sadie 3 Piece Handbag Set – $129.95

 

After navigating the challenges of lockdown, owner Melissa and her right-hand-woman Trudy are continuing what they do best: providing comfortable affordable footwear with professional personalised fit service and advice.

Melissa, who has owned Style Footwear for seven and a half years, has a local-focussed philosophy – stocking New Zealand-owned designers, with an Ashburton-based jewellery range, and hand-knitted merino scarves making their way in store, too.

Chloe by Black Caviar

“The COVID situation threw some challenges our way, but lockdown provided the time to contemplate and to plan for the future of Style Footwear – which is to keep going,” Melissa says.

Melissa says herself and Trudy are loving seeing their regulars and have enjoyed catching up with everyone now that they have returned to the “new normal”.

As the winter season ends and the spring/summer range is not far away, it is of course sale time – which means great bargains for the customer!

Style Footwear’s online store is also growing quickly with orders being placed from Australia as well as all over New Zealand.

 

Cat Coin Purse by Buxton

Melissa says she wants to thank everyone for their on-going support and she looks forward to seeing you all instore soon.

Be sure to join their mailing list and follow on both Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news happening at Style Footwear.


 

Dive into Ashburton!


This little rural town is a beating heart, functioning as a major service centre for the surrounding farming district. But if you’re not into agriculture and prefer to explore this loveable location in other ways, we’ve got you covered. We have pulled together some of the main reasons you should make the drive to awesome Ashburton.

 

 

(Sky) Dive right in: What better way is there to see the town than a complete aerial view. Take in the amazing sights of the Southern Alps, South Pacific Ocean and Canterbury Plains. The enthusiastic team at Skydiving Kiwis will look after you in an unforgettable Ashburton experience. And like they say who said Kiwis can’t fly?

Night at the museum: If you love museums, you’ll love Ashburton because you have the option to visit six of them. Choose from the Ashburton Museum, Vintage Car Museum, Lynn Museum, Aviation Museum, The Plains Railway and Museum and finally the Art Gallery. We’re thinking that we may have to explore these little history hotspots further in an upcoming article – stay tuned.

Plains by plane: You don’t have to throw yourself out of the plane to take in the scenic views of the South Island. In fact, with Air Rangitata you (and four of your friends if you wish) can sit comfortably in their Cessna 206 aircraft and take in all the eye can see. Choose a set route or take advantage of their charter service.


 

All about Ashburton


We catch up with what’s happening in our favourite little southern spot

 


Marty Down Under – NZ Harvest Farmers Bash (South Island)
Date: 7 March
Location: 160 Main Street, Methven, Ashburton District (Mount Hutt Memorial Hall)

Marty Mone has many titles; singer-songwriter, performer, agricultural contractor and trucker. Uniquely in a category of his own, this singer from Castleblaney is heading to little ol Ashburton as a part of his Marty Down Under tour.


Evening with Lance Burdett
Date: 9 March
Location: Hotel Ashburton

If you’re a TED talk fanatic and wished there were more events like it in New Zealand, then we have a solution for you. Lance Burdett is a leader in his field and a safety, wellness and resilience expert. He’s worked with the police, the military, emergency services, prisons and even the FBI. Get a better understanding on how the human brain deals with pressure and handles situations. Leave feeling enriched with knowledge.


International Comedy Magician: Brendan Dooley
Date: 13 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Who doesn’t love to laugh? Combine that with a bit of magic and you’ve got a family-friendly event that has become an audience favourite worldwide. With ‘NZ’s Top Comedy Magician Award’ in his back pocket, it’s hard to deny this is an act that you must see.


 

Ashburton: an all-rounder


When it comes to things to do, Ashburton is an all-rounder, with something for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite upcoming events.

 

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS
Date: Saturday 15 February
Location: Ashburton Domain

If you want to go to an event that is both family-friendly and guilt-free (zero waste, alcohol free and smoke free) – this is the one for you.

Celebrate the diverse culture that is ever-growing in Ashburton.

Henna tattoos, local musicians and bands, market stalls, spot prizes and the unique experience of partaking in a Holi Festival… what’s not to be excited about?

www.facebook.com/ChristchurchHoli/


TUTUS ON TOUR 2020
Date: Saturday 14 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour 2020 – an event that is suitable for all ages.

The performance features tailor-made dancing created by local talent as well as world-class superstars.

With affordable tickets and only hour-long performances, this event is perfect to pass some Saturday spare time.

www.ateventcentre.co.nz/tutus-on-tour-2020-rnzb/


TINA – SIMPLY THE BEST
Date: Sunday 22 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

How could you turn down a Tina Turner tribute – she’s simply the best!

The stage production will feature live vocals from Caroline Borole accompanied by a band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers.

Don’t miss out on a night of Tina classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.

www.ateventcentre.co.nz/tina-simply-the-best/


 

Events Itinerary


There are some exciting events and escapades coming to Ashburton in coming weeks, things that will tempt, tantalise and treat attendees. Looking for things to do and places to go? We’ve got a bunch.

 

 

3 NOVEMBER 

Great golfing
KPMG and the YMCA are joining fabulous forces for a fun-filled day of golf at the Tinwald Golf Course to raise funds for YMCA’s youth development and education programmes in Mid Canterbury. Enjoy free sausages and refreshments as you play your way through the beautiful Tinwald course, and a Build-Your-Own Gourmet Burger meal in the clubhouse before prize-giving. There will be great prizes, raffles and an auction – all for a great cause!

www.ymcasc.org.nz

 

3 NOVEMBER 

Gorgeous gardens!
Looking for some garden inspo? Then get ready for the Homegrown Garden Tour and Fête. Check out four stunning established gardens in the Mayfield and Mount Somers Districts, inland from Ashburton, with a fete that has a beautiful array of goodies on offer. Tickets available from RuralCo, Joosh, Terra Viva and Lushingtons for $25 or $30 on the day ($10 for fete only).

www.facebook.com/thehomegrowngardentour

 

5 NOVEMBER 

Getting rid of waste
Prepare to be inspired, become motivated, and take control of your household’s impact on our future, with this Waste Free Living Workshop by Kate Meads. Discover exciting and inspirational ways to minimise waste at home, suitable for all households, flats, ages, and stages. Need convincing? You get a free pack with each ticket, bursting with waste minimisation products!

www.facebook.com/wastefreewithkate

 

 


 

A trip for your tastebuds: Formosa Restaurant


Take your tastebuds on a trip to Asia with Formosa, Ashburton’s favourite Asian-fusion restaurant offering delicious dishes, an events venue, catering services – and soon, a new fine-dining afternoon tea menu.

 

 

The experience starts from the moment you walk in the door; a vibrant red brick wall emblazoned with flowers and ‘FORMOSA’ is sure to catch your eye, along with the cluster of red parasols floating above. With beautiful, polished décor in a spacious setting, Formosa is the perfect place for an intimate dinner date, a birthday celebration, or a company event in the VIP room. The hospitable team can cater to functions and events of up to 120 people, providing a customised menu that works with your budget and any dietary requirements.

Beautifully presented, authentically Asian dishes – mainly of the Taiwanese variety – and delightful wines and cocktails come together for a dinner or event like no other. With a fabulous variety of dishes available for dine in or takeaway, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, all diners will find something to suit their taste. Manager Amber Huang’s personal recommendation is Braised Pork Belly hot out of the wok and she says the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup is a popular choice with the locals.

A new fine dessert menu has recently been launched – and keep an eye out for their upcoming afternoon tea menu; share a special dessert and coffee with a loved one or grab a group of friends for some Asian-fusion sweet treats.

 

 


 

Step into style: Style Footwear


Summer is fast approaching and colour is filling the shelves at Style Footwear in Ashburton.

 

 

Melissa and Trudy are thrilled with the range this year and know you will find a favourite amongst the selection of wedges, heels, slides, sandals and athleisure styles. A new range of fashion jewellery and top-of-the-line leather handbags are also freshly stocked.

Top brands such as Ziera, Cabello and Saimon once again grace the shelves and offer not only comfort but also leading styles for all ages – even high school regulation orthotic-capable footwear is available. The team at Style Footwear pride themselves on their custom-fitting service and experience finding the correct footwear for your needs.

Located in the heart of Ashburton, the team are just as passionate as they were when they first opened the doors almost seven years ago. Providing a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Melissa and Trudy love interacting with regular customers and welcoming new ones into the store. “We really value our customers and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Style Footwear is Ashburton’s only specialist footwear store that provides Ruralco and Rural women discounts. To keep up-to-date with all the excitement, updates are regularly posted on Facebook and Instagram. Visit the store at 177 Burnett Street, Ashburton, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and 10am-1pm Saturday, or shop online at www.stylefootwear.co.nz. Layby and WINZ quotes are available.