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Kawhia Kai Festival

Kawhia Harbour

The Kawhia Kai Festival is an annual food event celebrating Maori food and culture. It takes place at the remote, normally quiet settlement of Kawhia on Waitangi weekend, and this year I went for the first time.

It's one of the Waikato’s most famous food festivals. It's low-key and mainly aimed at locals, but it also gets a big thumbs up from Lonely Planet.

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Ducks in a row

duck island icecream

On a sizzling hot summer’s day, good icecream is a great idea. And the place to go for locally made frozen treats is right here in my neighbourhood: Duck Island, on the corner of Grey St and Cook St in Hamilton East.

Duck Island's quirky, playful icecreams are fast gaining a cult following. My current favourite is the wonderfully tangy peppermint slice.

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More than an apple a day


This is a great time for backyard apples. I’ve just started my first brew of home made cider vinegar from windfall apples. Both my apple trees are doing well, and other people’s are doing even better.

If I had to pick a favourite fruit, it would be apples. They are one of the things I missed most, in my Papua New Guinea childhood. Apples just don’t grow in the tropics. 

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Out of the box

tomatoes and broad beans

The vege and fruit box arrived this morning. The fridge is stuffed to overflowing, especially the vegetable drawer. But it won’t be for long. This post is about what happened to all that food.

I love getting a box of produce delivered. It narrows down the choices with weekly food planning, and it adds an element of surprise and challenge. And, I don’t have to go shopping (or persuade someone else to).

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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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