Coromandel Life Spring/Holiday 2013 - page 11

Tairua is the place to be on Saturday, January 4, when the town will be
abuzz with energy and family fun for the Tairua School Wine and Food
Festival. The festival team is all set to welcome visitors for what promises
to be a fantastic day alongside the stunning Tairua harbour.
“We are very excited about the 2014 event”, says this year’s coordinator
Gillian O’Neill. “The committee is working really hard and we have a couple
of new additions in the pipeline that will really add to the family fun”.
A long favoured event on the Coromandel summer calendar, the Tairua
School Wine and Food Festival brings together great live music, quality
food, local wines and beers, crafts and children’s activities for an
awesome day’s entertainment.
It all kicks off in the grounds of Tairua School on Main Road at 9am when
the craft area will open. The rest of the festival will get underway at 10am.
Bar facilities will operate from 11am until 3pm with the festival drawing to
close at around 5pm. Admission this year is $10 which includes a festival
cup for ID holders. Under 18s are free. No pets or BYO is permitted.
“We are extremely lucky to have so many regular visitors who join our
local community in supporting our school year after year. The festival
is our main annual fundraiser and to date has enabled so many great
things to happen in our school such a pool redevelopment project, new
interactive whiteboards for all classrooms, netbooks, new tiger turf for
our courts and the employment of teacher aides.
“None of this would be possible without the support people give to
the festival. Although it is just a small team of parents who work for six
months of the year to stage this event, the support we get from our
stall holders, our volunteers on the day, our local police and of course
everyone who comes to have fun on the day, is what makes the festival
such a special event,” said Gillian.
Regular festival goers will be aware that parking is limited at the school
and the best advice from organisers is to park in town and either walk or
take the shuttle bus from Manaia Road for a gold coin. The ferry will also
run continuously from Pauanui.
“If you are coming to the festival for the first time then please check out
here you will find lots of information
about the day itself, the facilities available and the best way to enjoy the
festival. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to what I’m
certain will be a fantastic day,” said Gillian.
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