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Coolest little wine festival


The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival returns to the Glenmark Domain in March, showcasing the very best the region has to offer.

 

NAOMI HAUSSMANN, NAYHAUSS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Following the popular event held earlier in the year, organisers are now getting ready for another brilliant festival that is set to feature 30 local wineries and more than 20 stalls offering a bounty of local and seasonal fare.
There really will be something on offer for everyone at ‘the coolest little wine festival’ on Sunday 8 March and it’s only a 45-minute drive north of Christchurch.

As you wander the beautiful grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to talk directly to the food and wine producers, and sample a range of local delicacies as well as new, exciting flavours.

When it’s time for a break, grab your favourite beverage and stop off at one of the food trucks. Enjoy the sunshine as you listen to some awesome tunes from local musicians and DJs.

Another popular attraction will be the Makers’ Market, a place where artisans share their skills through classes and demonstrations, and also the Talk Tent, which allows producers time to discuss provenance and sustainability.

The family-friendly festival will also include a bouncy castle, face painting and entertainment for the kids.

The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival will be held on Sunday 8 March 2020, from 10:30am to 5pm at the Glenmark Domain, Waipara, North Canterbury.

Keep an eye out on www.ncwineandfood.co.nz for a full list of stallholders and the musical line-up!

 

 


 

Summer’s getting hot!


It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park.

The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away.

To check out the artists, visit www.theedge.co.nz

 


 

 

LAZY SUNDAYS
12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY

Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm.

Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special.

Deep South Lazy Sundays venues:

Rauora Park:
Sunday 12 January

Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens:
19 Jan – 16 Feb

 


 

 

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 

Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country.

Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic.

The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children.

Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds.

To book tickets visit, www.summerfestival.nz

 


 

Reasons to head to Hanmer


Hanmer Springs – that magical place which offers something for everyone! The sub-alpine town is gearing up for holiday time, with entertainment, gourmet dining and an interesting array of boutique shops and galleries to enjoy, not to mention that pivotal attraction – the gorgeous springs, which features six different types of pool systems, topping at 42 degrees. Ahhhhh, fabulous relaxation! And nearby is the spa, which offers the delights of massages, facials and hot stone treatments. Who can resist – and why would they? It’s only a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch.

 

 

For those who want entertainment, Acoustic Blues is featuring on 10 November, and on 15 November, the Women’s Adventure Film Tour showcases extraordinary and adventurous women.

If adventure is more up your alley, the beauty and birdlife of the gorgeous Heritage Forest is stunning, with its short and longer trails making it accessible to all.

Special events for the outdoor adventurers include an 8.4km run race from Molesworth to Hanmer on 16 November, and on 7 December, alpine marathons offer full, half or 10km runs. Mountain biking, multisport and fun runs and walks are available at the St James Conservation Area on Friday 17 January and Saturday 18 January.

A huge array of outdoor activities are available daily, including bungy jumping, horse riding, jet boating, fishing, quad bike riding and bush walking. Two ski fields are also nearby for the snow lovers.

 

 


 

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

 

 


 

Race Day Round Up


It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. From horseracing and entertainment through to fashion and food (not to mention bubbles!), Christchurch’s most iconic event on the sporting and social calendar is creeping closer. Here’s a curated collection of some of the hottest happenings to help you celebrate Cup Week in style.

 

 

 

Bubbly Breakfast
The Tannery, 12 November, 9-11am
The Tannery’s Atrium will be transformed into a Cup & Show breakfast celebration, with shared-style breakfast – think croissants, danishes, fruit salads, granola, spiced sausages and more, alongside bubbles, beer, mimosas and juices!
www.thetannery.co.nz


The Crossing’s Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition
The Edge Public Village, Addington Raceway, 12 November
If you’re a fashionista looking to become Christchurch’s fashion icon of the year, this is for you! Entries are now open for both Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man, so fill out a form and purchase a gate entry ticket – head to www.addington.co.nz.
www.thecrossing.co.nz


NZ Trotting Cup Day After Party
Louis, 123 Victoria Street, 12 November, 5pm-1am
After a fun-filled day of fashion, food, bubbles and racing, you’ll need something to keep you partying the night away… Head along to Louis for an after party like no other, complete with live music, magnums of Mumm (at the standard bottle price) and fabulous food!
www.louischampagne.co.nz


Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus
Savoire Café of Merivale, Merivale Mall, 12 November, from 9am
If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale with a delectable set menu? Bookings required.
www.facebook.com/savoirecafe/


Cup Day Breakfast and Bus
No.4 Bar, 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, 12 November
No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with a lot happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.
www.no4bar.co.nz


Show Day Races
Addington Raceway, 15 November, 10:30am-7pm
Check out all the racing action at the Show Day Races, a fun day out for the whole family! Hang out on the Lindauer Lawn and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and a free kids’ entertainment zone (with a petting zoo!)
www.addington.co.nz


The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park, 13-15 November, 8am-5:30pm
The New Zealand Agricultural Show returns for 2019, complete with fairground rides, demonstrations, competitions, live entertainment, the iconic Hazletts Farmyard, woodchopping, gumboot throwing and all things food and retail.
www.theshow.co.nz

 

 


 

Bloomin’ beautiful at Broadfield


Now in its ninth year, the Ellesmere Spring Fling has become one of the most popular events in which to celebrate this long-awaited season of colour, sweet scents and new life.

 

 

A mere 10-minute drive from Hornby, Broadfield Garden comprises around 3.5 hectares of natives and New Zealand cultivars of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, peony perennials, daffodils, lilies and roses; add in two forests of beech and kauri, a canal, sedge pond, formal rose garden and cricket oval, and you have a superb day out browsing artisan stalls in stunning surroundings.

Organisers Vanessa Thompson and Janice Burnett have received glowing feedback from visitors to past Spring Flings, from saying how much they love the event – with many describing it as “a hidden gem” – through to praise of the quality stalls, food and beverages, music, exhibits, demonstrations, and the excellent management of the garden tour (hosted/run by Broadfield Garden owner David Hobbs and his head gardener).

The fete is run by dedicated volunteers, with 100 percent of all profits going to charity (Community Care Lincoln). “Our point of difference to other fetes is that the garden is spectacular; it blows people away, especially if they’ve not been before,” Vanessa says.

“It really is a day out; people come for lunch, a bit of shopping and to wander around the garden. We even get quite a few men!”

Held on Sunday 6 October from 11am-4pm at 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton, Selwyn. Find the event listing on Facebook www.facebook.com/EllesmereSpringFling.

 

 


 

The coolest events in town: The Rollin’ Pedaler


Why is it that when licking an ice cream, we instantly feel so darned good? James Wasley and Laura Proudman can answer that one. It was five years ago in a Stratford-Upon-Avon pub that a shared love for Mint Choc-Chip ice cream soon found James and Laura falling in love and setting off for Continental Europe to travel… and sample more ice cream.

 

 

Eventually Laura returned home to New Zealand – and brought Englishman James with her.

Settling in Methven, they then decided to do something about their passion for ice cream, so they bought a 1920s-style tricycle, called Evelyn, and launched The Rollin’ Pedaler.

Evelyn can store and serve up to four flavours from a range of New Zealand’s finest, award-winning, premium sourced ice cream. She comes with her own props and wardrobe, has a rechargeable battery freezer, enjoys both indoor and outdoor settings, and loves keeping her professional serving staff busy.

With James and Laura kitted out in matching tweed caps, bow ties and braces, they make for a delightfully novel addition to any event.

“We do everything – weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, Christmas parties, bridal showers, corporate events and sporting events; whatever is put to us, we’ll be there,” James says. “We’re fun, quirky, something a bit different and we’re affordable. We like to think we make every occasion or event just that extra bit special.”

All prices include free-flowing ice cream servings, waffle cones and/or bowls, along with additional toppings.

For more information, email jamesandlaura@trpicecream.co.nz or visit www.trpicecream.co.nz/functions-events

 


 

Mac is back!


Some of the greatest musical talent of all time is hitting New Zealand’s shores this September – the perennial Fleetwood Mac!

 

 

The legendary band’s original members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie will take the stage at five concerts throughout the country this September. They will perform alongside newcomers Mike Campbell and New Zealand’s very own Neil Finn, who replaced vocalist, lead guitarist and key band member Lindsay Buckingham when he was axed from the band in early 2018.

The beloved group say they are thrilled to welcome the talents of the calibre of the two new additions to their cast, and will be performing all their popular classics, as well as a range of tracks from their historic musical catalogue.

Following a 50-show tour of the US, the band will perform shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before crossing the ditch to rock Auckland’s Spark Arena on 12, 14, 16 and 19 September. They will then head south to perform their last show at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 21.

A pop rock band like no other, Fleetwood Mac’s enduring spirit has stood strong for more than five decades despite an unstable cast, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their best-selling album Rumours has shifted more than 40 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in history.

Tickets are still available but snap them up quick! Visit www.eventfinda.co.nz for tickets and more info.

 


 

A blissful day out


Described as New Zealand’s biggest and most popular country fete, The Christmas Country Fete 2019 promises to be the best yet as it celebrates the securing of a permanent home at the beautiful Lyddington Garden, only 40 minutes from Christchurch.

 

Photographer Kate McConway

 

Mike Sheppard, Owner of The Christmas Country Fete, says having Lyddington Garden as a constant hosting venue means that not only do people get to leisurely browse for Christmas gifts in a relaxed and spacious location, but they also get to view one of North Canterbury’s most picturesque and spectacular gardens for some tranquil time out.

With easy access, free parking, the central wine and food area, wonderful shade and shelter spots to sit and soak up the live music and entertainment, this isn’t just a perfect day out – this is bliss!

The Christmas Country Fete 2019 features over 160 stalls (comprising a mix of familiar, previous stallholders and new stallholders) showcasing their unique, artisan, pure New Zealand made wares that will be cherished gifts for years to come by those who receive them.

 

Last year’s fete brought a bit of inclement weather but Mike remains perkily upbeat. “We’re praying for sunshine this year – it’s going to be great!”

To plan your brilliant and blissful day out, download the online electronic programme before leaving home, and like their Facebook page. Ticket sales now online.

The Christmas Country Fete is at Lyddington Garden, 891 Mt Thomas Road in Fernside on Thursday 31 October, from 10am to 4pm. Visit www.thefete.co.nz or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefetenz.

 


 

To Market To Market


North Canterbury has plenty of markets and fetes to keep the weekends – and pantries – full. Check out our itinerary.

 

 

Rangiora Church Street Market
Saturday 1 June 8am-1pm
St John’s Anglican Church, 355 High Street, Rangiora
The market is open on the first Saturday of each month. Café, indoor craft, garage, white elephant sales, outdoor car boot sales and sausage sizzle.
www.facebook.com/rangioracommunitymarkets


Midwinter Christmas Market
Saturday 8 June 10am-3pm
Rangiora New Life School, 2 Denchs Road, Southbrook, Rangiora
You’ll find more than 30 market stalls in this indoor Midwinter Christmas Market, including a PTA cake stall, hot food and featuring a silent auction – fun for all!
www.facebook.com/rangioranewlifeschoolmidwintermarket


The Christmas Country Fete
Thursday 31 October 10am-4pm
Lyddington Farm, 891 Mount Thomas Road, Rangiora
Join thousands of people from around New Zealand in attending the country’s biggest and most popular fete. The day features over 200 stalls, bursting with hundreds of gift ideas, along with fresh food and wine, live entertainment and demonstrations.
www.thefete.co.nz


Hanmer Springs Fete
Friday 1 November 10am-4pm
Queen Mary Hospital Grounds, 1 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Fete is set to become North Canterbury’s finest shopping event, with more than 100 high quality stalls for a day of indulgence with live music.
www.hanmerspringsfete.co.nz