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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.

 

 


 

Where the action’s at: Ashburton Boulevard Day


More than 40 years ago, an enthusiastic member of the Ashburton business community – Russell Anstiss – started the now-iconic Ashburton Boulevard Day as a way of promoting the rural town and its CBD.

Today, the event hosts over 120 fantastic stalls with an amazing range of shopping delights, say local business owners with a wild enthusiasm for the town, Sue Cooper and Bob McDonald, who run the event.

From plants, crafts, food and entertainment to clothing, jewellery and skincare, a wide range of local businesses from both the CBD and smaller boutiques attend the event; as well as charity and service groups who are passionate about giving back to the community.

The event is so popular that many stallholders attend from throughout the country. Rain, hail, wind and snow have never stopped it from happening, with between 10-15,000 visitors every year.

Ashburton Boulevard Day is on 23 September, East Street from Havelock to Moore Streets, from 9am-3:30pm.

 


 

The perfect place: Lushingtons Garden, Gifts and Cafe


If you are looking for a great day out to banish those winter blues then Lushingtons Garden, Gifts and Café at Tinwald, Ashburton is your ideal destination.

 

 

Only an hour from Christchurch, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends for coffee and something scrumptious, browse exquisite giftware, or wander through the large, award-winning garden courtyard at your leisure.

As thoughts turn to springtime and we long for the return of colour to dormant, wintry plots, new season arrivals of rhododendrons, hellebores, fruit trees and roses, such as stunning floribundas My Mum, My Dad and My Grandma, from Bob Matthew’s ‘My Rose Collection’, will delight the eye, while daphne promises to perfume your garden with the sweetest fragrance.

Co-owned by Mayfield born and bred sisters Miranda Sinton and Sophie Duff, Lushingtons has been their labour of love for just under a decade. Miranda’s passion is for the garden centre, while Sophie’s is for the café; the giftware store is overseen by them both and showcases discerningly curated merchandise of a distinctive French and English Country style.

Proud of their local and sustainable ethos, many of their plants are grown in nearby Allenton, assuring the highest standard of quality control. This same business philosophy is experienced in the café, where patrons are served homemade, wholesome food – from delectable baking through to a full breakfast, lunch and side menus. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also catered for.

Lushingtons Garden, Gifts & Café, visit www.lushingtons.co.nz.

 


 

Twilight in the Vines: CharRees Vineyard


Good things have always been said to come in small packages and when it comes to certain things in life, it’s all about quality over quantity.

 

 

CharRees meets both these briefs in a small family owned boutique vineyard just off State Highway One on southern edge of Ashburton, just south of Tinwald. It’s the place to be on Saturday 23 November when this year’s Twilight in the Vines hits the social calendar. We’re sure you don’t need an excuse to sit amongst the vines with your favourite wine-drinking friends and savour the flavour that Ashburton’s only vineyard has to offer, but if you do, then this is it.

There will also be live music and you can indulge in an alfresco dining experience from local caterers. Turning their talented hands to top quality Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Reisling wines, CharRees Vineyard also offers a world-famous (in Ashburton) Sparkling Pearl wine, which is a delicate combination of Reisling and Pinot Gris in a Sparkling form – a must try!

While Mid Canterbury might be a little off the winery radar, its regional climate helps the grapes mature slowly at a steady pace, creating an ideal ripening environment. With this in mind, the grapes from CharRees Vineyard are selectively hand harvested for optimum flavour from this terroir. But the best way is to experience it for yourself.

Find CharRees Vineyard at 22 Laings Road, Ashburton, phone 0800 2427 7337 or visit www.charrees.nz.

 


 

Winter shoe style: Style Footwear Ashburton


From slippers to snow boots, the shelves are groaning with gorgeous footwear at Style Footwear Ashburton. The team – Melissa, Brian and Trudy – are thrilled with the winter range and hope customers will be too.

 

 

Strong again this season is ankle boots – there are a few long boots in the range with some exclusive lines amongst them. Mid-height block heels are very popular and super comfortable to wear all day. The ‘athleisure’ look is still in style, with dress sneakers and basketball style boots featuring strongly.

Black is and always will be the strong colour in winter, but there are few stand outs available – metallic blues, cherry red patent, khaki and a great range of navy blue. Stocking top brands such as Ziera, Sugar ‘n’ Spice, Bear Paw, Toilno, Saimon, Cabello, Klouds and more, there is something for everyone, including a range of handbags, scarves and jewellery.

Shoe care is also important and Style Footwear stocks Footcom and Scholl products, to provide the best options possible. Melissa does the majority of the buying and always has her customers in mind. Attending buying meetings twice a year and being in regular contact with her suppliers means the latest releases are never far away. Sizes 35-45 are stocked in most ranges and the team will endeavour to source the perfect shoe for you. Custom fitting is done in-store for free, as no two feet are the same.

Follow Style Footwear on Facebook and Instagram. Visit www.stylefootwear.co.nz which offers laybuy as a payment option and free shipping.


 

Lake Hood development

Living the dream: Lake Hood Project


As the growth of mid-Canterbury’s picturesque Lake Hood development continues, the latest extensions will see a further 39 premium lakeside sections added. Eventually, Lake Hood will double its current size, covering 160 hectares.

 

Lake Hood development

 

Offering affordable lakeside living, minutes from Ashburton, residents are ‘living the dream’ in a close community with the lake right on their doorstep – from young families to empty nesters and retirees. The new road layout and newly installed roundabout leads directly to Lake Hood’s central hub, providing an easier route to the water.

“There’s major expansion and improvement happening all the time,” says Gary Casey, Project Director for the Lake Hood Development Board.  Open days are planned for this year and Gary is keen to chat to anyone looking for a section to build on, who has ever dreamed of lakeside living.

“The lifestyle here sells itself. Where else can you buy an affordable section with your very own jetty? There’s every water activity here that you can imagine – boating, rowing, sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, skiing, swimming and fishing. There are also great walking tracks and cycleways, a tennis court, a golf course, and a well-used kids’ playground that includes a bike pump track – it’s a great place for kids to grow up, and bigger kids to settle at.

Lake Hood development “It’s a place for creating family memories.”

 


To enquire about sections at Lake Hood, contact Gary on 027 227 5776 and he can put you in touch with your preferred real estate agent.


 

Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

An oasis of treats: Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café


Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café is an oasis of treats for the tummy, home and garden. Providing the perfect stop for lunch and a stretch of the legs en route to and from Christchurch, it’s even better for a day out.

 

Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

 

One of Ashburton’s ‘in the know’ pleasures, Lushingtons is the ideal spot to meet friends, have lunch, stroll the garden centre and browse the giftware. Delighting the senses and lifting the spirits, once here it’s not easy to leave. Co-owners and sisters Miranda Sinton and Sophie Duff are locals who grew up on a farm in Mayfield. They’ve brought their love of the wholesome and artisan to Lushingtons, where the plants, great food and gorgeous gifts have been nurtured for nine years.

 

Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

 

The garden centre is Miranda’s first love. It is award-winning and known for its beautiful displays. Local and sustainable are watchwords, and the team strives for quality in the plants, most of which are grown in the nursery at Allenton. Sophie’s passion is the café and together the sisters run the giftware store. The store is large and well-stocked with a focus on the desirable French and English Country style.

 

In the café, you’ll find delicious wholesome and homemade cakes and slices, plus full breakfast, lunch and sides menus, catering for both gluten free and vegetarian diners.

 

Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café


Find Lushingtons Garden, Gifts & Café at www.lushingtons.co.nz.


 

Symphony on the Lake

Lakeside Luxury: Symphony on the Lake


The Picnic Company, a Canterbury handmade gourmet picnic catering business, is starting out as it intends to go forward, by creating a food-inspired event centred around sharing and gathering with community

 

Symphony on the Lake

 

The Symphony on the Lake will bring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, leading soloists Amati Pati of Sol3Mio and award-winning Isabella Moore into the heart of Canterbury at Ashburton’s beautiful Lake Hood, just an easy hour’s drive from the city with the Southern Alps as its backdrop.

Book early for the 7 April event, from 5-8pm, choose your gourmet hamper and keep informed by signing up to the mailing list at www.thepicniccompany.nz. Supported by The Lake House, WeCan Academy, Lake Hood Trust and Canterbury producers, The Symphony on the Lake is an opportunity to enjoy local produce in a gourmet picnic hamper and glorious classical music, at the beautiful Lake Hood.

The Picnic Company’s passion for food and community is behind this unique event with plans for future pop-up gourmet and entertainment opportunities; from carefully crafted eats and cocktails, to collaboratively curated events and good vibes; all-inclusive events that will leave you delectably full, thirsts quenched and spirits entertained.

With a passion for good food, a conscious approach to the integrity of ingredients and cooking, while recognising the abundance of inspiring and enchanting locations in Canterbury, it seems obvious that the boutique ‘catering business’ will be well received.
With a move away from the traditional sit down dinner that can feel stuffy and fussy, the company’s focus is on the social aspect of entertaining, the pleasure of planned celebration, creating a playful and leisurely ambience.

 

The business seeks to craft casual yet elegant food in settings that celebrate alfresco aperitif and picnic occasions. The Picnic Company is also refining the creation of beautifully crafted picnic foods that can be enjoyed at destinations of your choice. Menus and events are designed as a collective effort with the client’s interest being primary focus, while encouraging that you trust the chefs to create menus based off what is in season, at its prime and will create memorable taste experiences.

The Picnic Company will strive to always use the finest ingredients, which include free-range, organic, seasonal, hand crafted and locally sourced wherever possible.

 


Learn more at www.thepicniccompany.nz.