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12 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 www.times.co.nz If you love food, this is for you. At a time when there’s a growing demand for new culinary products we found plenty that deserved a closer look. Food buffs know the Auckland Food Show is arguably New Zealand’s big- gest and premier culinary event. Mas- terminding the complexities of bringing together over 230 exhibitors, scores of celebrity chefs and cooking classes is a mammoth task but each year with clever leadership Auckland’s Food Show gets better and better. Entering the main pavilion the stall holders are waiting to share the objects of their affection with similarly smit- ten consumers. Eyecatching displays tempted us to taste, what’s more it’s all for sale at prices much lower than supermarkets. This year a new trend emerged, patrons trooped through the pavilions with shopping bags on wheels making us rather envious as we balanced our bulging carry bags on each shoulder. Next year we’ll join the trend! Our mission this year was to seek out new products and we weren’t disap- pointed. Stand-out exhibitors included The Damson Collection, a collaboration of products made from beautiful and largely forgotten fruit. Damson paste, jelly, jam, chocolates and the Damson “splash” is guaranteed to enliven any dish. Aceto Downunder, a small com- pany importing fruity and delicious bal- samic vinegars, glazes and olive oil from Modena, Italy. Vinegar has come a long way from its origins “sour wine” that grandma used. Lewis Road Creamery with butter just like it’s meant be. And what makes it so special is its favour, a sweet fresh taste different to all other butters and to retain consistency it’s individually wrapped in protective foil. Neudorf Dairy, quality cheeses made from sheep’s milk, decep- tively simple but unique in favour with an earthy taste. Bite-me Foods is a home grown version of a sweet maple syrup and hickory smoke barbeque sauce and their reef bars were a real fnd for those wanting a delicious all natural low GI energy bar. Urban Hippie, there’s noth- ing innovative about miso but this small artisan producer from Nelson is guaran- teed to have customers focking to their website for their misomite paste. Nowadays, yoghurt lovers tend to buy 6-packs from the supermarket shelves. Joining the crowds, we lined up for a tasting at EasyYo only to discover just how easy is was to make your own. After licking every spoonful we were hooked and bought a unit there and then. Other fnds, Inspired and Bitton (chutneys), 100% Nutz (peanut butter), Te Horo (amazing jams), J. Friend and Bees-R-Us (artisan honey), Delish and Cec’s (premium mueslis), Basecamp (venison), Clevedon Buffalo (mozza- rella, ricotta and yoghurt), Mr Grills (bilton, droewors and jerky) and Gringo Killer, a variety of chillis used to produce gourmet products unmatched by others. After walking the talk it was chow time for the food-a-holics as the celeb- rity chefs and unabashed champions presented their specialty dishes while culinary masters Al Brown, Simon Gault and Josh took centre stage with their cooking demonstrations. The Auckland Food Show ASB Showgrounds Website www.foodshow.co.nz 103091-V49 Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick on the map and in your home. Howick Canvas $150 594mm wide x 841mm deep (A1) Framed Art 8"x10" Free-standing or hanging $49 Framed Art 4"x6" Free-standing or hanging $29 Tea Towels $15 Howick cut and dried To buy call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki or order online @ www.times.co.nz or at Victoria's in Picton St, Howick Unique local gifts NEW DESIGN BOTANY BEAT is a free community notice-board for non-pro t groups. Send notices to email@example.com, fax 271 8073, post to PO Box 259-243 Botany, Auckland 2163 or drop into our o ce at Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. Combined Probus ORMISTON Combined Probus Club meets on November 15 at 10am in the old Flat Bush School Hall, corner Murphys and Flat Bush School Roads. The speaker is Roger Goldstone talking about his travels through Bulgaria. Visitors welcome. Phone Mike on 273-0076 or Bill on 263-8071. Handcrafted breads EVENING class starts this week at Edgewater College. In just two ses- sions experience how simple and quick it is to make delicious Ital- ian, Turkish, plain, favoured and stuffed breads. For more details and enrolment go to www.short- coursesandworkshops.co.nz, or phone 576-4731. Friendship club BUCKLANDS Beach Senior Citi- zens Friendship Club meets at Bucklands Beach Memorial Hall, Wharf Road, on the frst and third Friday of each month, from 12.45- 3pm, for entertainment, bingo, games and trips. Afternoon tea, cost $3. On November 16, Pakuranga Ladies Choir entertains. Phone Rosemary on 532-8510 or Olive on 534-6938. Language and customs NEW immigrants can practise English and share customs with friendly New Zealanders on Thurs- day mornings from 10-11.30am in the lounge at Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Road. Men's Probus PAKURANGA Men’s Probus Club meets at the Pakuranga Combined Bowling Club, Lloyd Elsmore Park, on November 16 from 10am to noon. Warren Karno speaks on “nuclear survivor”. Visitors welcome. Phone Eric on 534-4912. Mistral sailing THE mistral centreboard class is holding an open morning at Tam- aki Yacht Club on Tamaki Drive, November 17 from 11am to 2pm. Trial sails, boats for sale and sau- sage sizzle. Go along and fnd out more about the friendly, exciting double-hander, ideally suited to parent and child sailing. For details, see www.mistral.org.nz. Dance competition THE Allegro Ice Dance com- petition is on November 18 at Paradice Ice Arena, Botany, from 5-8pm. This unique fun competi- tion, where skaters may use props, shows off local skaters’ artistic and creative skills, where choreography and interpretation are all impor- tant. Solo and group performances. The event is supported by Creative Communities. Spectators welcome, dress warmly and take a blanket. Awareness week CASCADES Kindergarten, in Lady Marie Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, invites you and your child to visit kindergarten during our open morning on November 21 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Come and join in the play. Morning tea is from 10-11am and provided for adults. Take a packed morning tea for your child. Evacuees' reunion THE Auckland branch of the Evac- uees Reunion Association meets on November 24 at the St Mark’s Church hall, Pakuranga Road, opposite entrance to Lloyd Els- more Park, at 1.30pm for Christmas party. Take a small toy for a child in hospital. An accordion band enter- tains, and partners and friends are welcome, $2 donation towards expenses. Take small festive plate to share and your luggage label. Raffe prizes. Phone Aline on 416- 5255 or Jean on 576-9266. School gala WILLOWBANK Primary School’s gala is on November 24 from 3-7pm, at the corner of Middlefeld and Gracechurch Drives, Howick. Lots of activities, live entertain- ment, food, raffes, and a bargain hunter’s paradise at the white ele- phant stall, plus an amazing “entire games room package” raffe just $5 a ticket drawn at 6pm. Separating parents THE Parenting through Separa- tion programme runs this term at Willowbank School and is free to all parents in the process of sepa- rating, or who have separated. It’s delivered by a psychologist from Triple P NZ Ltd, with a Family Court lawyer. The next sessions are on November 28 and December 5 from 7-9pm. To register, call Tri- ple P on 579-1794. Classy Crafts DURING the Midnight Madness shopping extravaganza on Friday, November 16, from 7pm to mid- night, Classy Crafts indoor market will be open inside All Saints Com- munity Centre, 30 Cook Street, Howick, with Christmas gifts and souvenirs for posting overseas. It’s also open on November 17, from 9am to 1pm. While every e ort is made to run the notices, volume and space restrictions may mean events will not run. Where publication of a notice is time-critical, groups should consider paying for a classi ed advertisement to ensure placement. 40 YEARS celebrating Warm thanks to everyone -- advertisers, civic leaders, community groups, staff, readers and more, who have supported the Howick and Pakuranga Times over the past 40 years. We wouldn't be here without you.
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