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Real food in real time

One of the interesting food events in Hamilton this weekend is the local Weston A Price group’s monthly Saturday afternoon meeting. This month’s theme is “Real Food on a Budget”. Group organiser Marea Smith says, “If you have decided to limit junk and processed food or want to take responsibility for your family’s health while not breaking the bank, this meeting may be for you.”

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Beer and cheese to celebrate

Craft beer and superb artisan cheeses are riding a wave of popularity in the Waikato local food scene.

This Saturday October 1st there’s a chance to check out some award-winning cheeses, and the burgeoning range of local craft beers, at Hamilton's first ever FermentFest, at SkyCity Hamilton, from 11am to 5pm.

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Jersey Girls: legends in the milking

When I first moved to Hamilton I wondered why the Waikato – the land of dairy farms – didn’t have its own iconic milk brand. Now it does, and it’s called Jersey Girls.

Most Sundays I bring home a couple of bottles of wonderful Jersey Girls milk from the farmers’ market. This is milk like it’s supposed to taste. It's creamy, un-homogenised and certified organic.

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Winter fruit

When you eat locally, you become very aware of what’s in season. Right now, in mid-September, there isn’t much fruit at the farmers’ market.  There’s a new stall selling excellently ripe oranges grown at Ohinewai. There are plenty of lemons, and there are apples that have been in a coolstore – i.e. they were picked a few months ago. We’re near the end of winter. Even in the glorious Waikato it’s unreasonable to expect a bounty of fresh fruit at this time of year.

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This is a blog about showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region. Such wonderful food deserves celebration and appreciation.



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