Tairua festival returns Saturday

One of Coromandel's most iconic annual events of the summer returns to Tairua tomorrow to tickle your taste buds and entertain all the senses.

Thousands of people are expected to pack into the Tairua School Wine and Food Festival which takes place down at the school grounds on Main Rd tomorrow, from 9am.


Thousands of people are expected to head down to Tairua School Food and Wine Festival being held this Saturday. Photo: Supplied

This summer have you been craving deliciously decadent gourmet cuisine, or New Zealand produced craft beers and wines?

Perhaps you've had a fancy for five hours of live music, or have been after more activities, games and fun for the whole family than you can shake a stick at?

The Tairua School Wine and Food Festival has all of that and much, much more, says Festival co-ordinator Gillian O'Neill.

“Make sure you get down as early as possible because we don't want you to miss out on anything,” says Gillian. “It's hard to gauge numbers but we're expecting a minimum of 5000 people on site tomorrow.”

Gillian says the annual event raises funds for the Tairua School, which has a roll of about 96 students each year.

Money raised each year is earmarked for student focussed activities and any surplus is invested into “big ticket items”, like a storage facility paid for from the $30,000 raised from the 2014 event.

“The bulk of the money goes towards improving programmes we offer students at the school, like school camps, new library books, technology and software.

“Basically, anything that will help students during their day-to-day learning.”

Tomorrow festival goers can wrap their laughing gear around a Greek souvlaki, mussel and whitebait fritters, gourmet burgers or donuts to name only a few options.

Feasts can be washed down with a glass of beer from Aotearoa Breweries, cider from Zeffer Brewing Company or a nice sauvignon from Ohinemuri Estate Wines.

All the while music from the Tairua School Glee Club, Jonny Mason, James Malcolm, Mark Taipari, the Ben Merito Band and The Captain Snappy Band will keep you bopping and grooving.

If that wasn't enough, there will be plenty of competitions, prizes, raffles, auctions, and an ocean of diverse craft stalls covering everything from clothing and jewellery, to artwork and kitchenware.

And on top of all of this, the festival has a big focus on families, says Gillian.

“We've really put a focus on making a family friendly event and we've got a huge zone with lots of activities happening behind the main stage.

“So people who bring families won't need to be in the heat of it all, there's plenty to do around the fringe that will keep them busy throughout the day.”

Gillian says the event will run come rain or shine and is encouraging everyone to pop down to the festival tomorrow.

Gates open 9am and aside from the alcohol tents, all the stalls, activities, competitions and music will be up and running straight off the bat.

“The forecast for tomorrow is meant to be spectacular so we're looking forward to a good festival filled with smiling, happy people out to have a great day and support a very good cause.”

The Tairua School Wine and Food Festival takes place at 110 Main Road, Tairua, on Saturday, January 10, 9am till 4pm

Tickets cost $10 for adults, entry is free for people 18 years and under. ID will be required for entry.

A courtesy bus will also be available from Paku Dr, Mania Rd, and Main Rd for a gold donation.

For more information including a list of activities, stalls, food, beer, wine and music visit: www.tairuawineandfood.co.nz



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