Friday, 26 April 2019

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Are you ready for A Taste of Matarangi?

Have you bought your tickets yet for the 2019 edition of A Taste of Matarangi? My husband and I have and we will again be joined by an energetic group of friends visiting from Auckland. The attend the festival with us every year because we all love the community spirit imbued on the day.

A Taste of Matarangi will run this year from 10:00am until 4:30pm on Saturday 6 April. It is well worth to visit Matarangi for the day because the festival is a relaxed, full of great live music, an amazing range of food, great wines and craft beers and a special secure play area for the children, so the whole family can come along and enjoy the day.   

The festival organisers will be providing a large marquee for shelter against the sun or other weather possibilities, but there is also limited room for people to bring their own gazebos. 

The festival will again take place on the Matarangi Village Green, which is one of the most idyllic settings imaginable, especially on a sunny day.

First held in 2013, A Taste of Matarangi was the brainchild of Matarangi businessman Puku Stevens, who always wanted to create a festival for the Matarangi community. Now in its sixth year, the festival grows in popularity every year, but seems to keep the community feel intact.

A key feature of A Taste of Matarangi is the programme of great live music every year and 2019 is no different. Popular Coromandel locals Crimson Coast, playing their mix of original Kiwi country, rock, pop, reggae and blues, will be kicking the programme off at 10:45am.

At 12:00 noon, drum and guitar duo Lock and Load, a festival favourite and singalong band from Tauranga, will take to the stage. Lou’ana Whitney will be on stage at 1:30 pm. Lou’ana is a jazz-soul-funk vocalist who plays her own eclectic mix of jazz, soul and blues. Popular covers band The Monroes will be finishing up the programme at 3:00pm They are guaranteed to get the crowd up on their feet

For those would-be celebrity chefs, the festival will be again be featuring the “Great Taste of Matarangi Cook Off,” where contestants will be partnering to barbecue and present their favourite dishes for the crowd. 

Some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses will also be up for grabs.   

A Taste of Matarangi is a charitable event, raising funds for Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue (KSAR), a critical emergency service in the wider Mercury Bay area.

The festival organisers have organised shuttle services to provide safe transport to and from Matarangi. Pre-booking is essential. Coromandel Adventures will be operating shuttles from Coromandel and Whangapoua and Go Kiwi will be operating shuttles from Whitianga and Kuaotunu  More information on the shuttles is available on the festival website, www.atasteofmatarangi.co.nz

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