Festival a success in spite of cool weather

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Cloudy weather and a spot of rain may have discouraged some from attending the Oamaru Wine and Food Festival yesterday, but those who went thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the co-ordinator says.

The festival had more than 35 stalls showcasing food, wine and beer from around the region plus a number of local acts to make for an entertaining day.

Festival co-ordinator Matt Haywood said that because of the weather, numbers were lower than he would have liked, but the people who came enjoyed the food, wine, beer and great music.

“It wasn’t particularly warm this morning but the people who came certainly enjoyed themselves.”

He had been getting a lot of good feedback about the decision to bring local acts to the festival, Mr Haywood said.

“It is great – why not showcase the local talent?”

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, who had worn shorts in anticipation of warm weather, said he was pleased to see so many people enjoying the event, despite the cooler temperatures.

“The people who are here are very much enjoying the entertainment and the selection of the stalls.”

“I think it’s great to see the work of a volunteer community come to fruition.”

Oamaru resident Margaret Munroe, who had been coming for about the last 10 years, said she was loving the diverse food, quality wines and lovely music but felt it was too loud.

“People come here to sit with each other and talk. We have to yell,” she said.

“Apart from that, if the sun shines, this is the best place on earth to be.”

By RUBY HARFIELD