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Homegrown Festival

The Homegrown festival is a month long celebration of Coromandel Food, Music and Art. A number of great events will be happening right around the Peninsula, including the Homegrown Food Trail, a competitive Café Crawl, live music and studio art.

Homegrown Food Trail

The Homegrown Food Trail 2011 will take visitors to many great eateries all around the Coromandel. A Food trail brochure will be available but until then here are a few of the participating venues; Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar, Lure Restaurant and Bar, Waitete Orchard Restaurant, Ohinemuri Estate Winery & Restaurant and many more.

Homegrown Markets

The month of May will host a number of great markets as part of Homegrown Festival:

  • Coromandel Homegrown Community Market
    Every Friday from 8am –12noon on Kapanga Road, an abundance of locally grown, produced and crafted goodies will be available.
  • Coroglen Farmers Market
    Coroglen’s Gumtown Hall will hold a market every Sunday from 9am – 1pm. For all your locally grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, locally produced eggs, honey, breads, sausages, dips, preserves, pesto, home baking, oils and even soaps!
  • Thames Market
    A great selection of home grown produce, specialty food, and arts & crafts will be on sale from stalls at the end of Pollen Street at the Thames Market. You’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere every Saturday from 8am –12noon.

Monteith’s Coromandel Café Crawl

From the 3 – 5 May 2011, Homegrown festival 2011 will host the Coromandel Café Crawl. As three Peninsula towns battled it out to be voted the Café Capital. The competing towns are Thames, Coromandel Town, and Tairua.

Each Coromandel town will host their very own indulgent food and wine crawl around their best cafe's and restaurants, hoping to gain the high votes of 50 locals/visitors and 3 guest judges.

Chocolate Workshops

Brenton Lodge will be hosting a number of Chocolate making workshops for the festival. In the 4 hour sessions you’ll learn about tempering, moulding, dipping and colouring Chocolate.

Homegrown Honey Month

The bees of Whenuakite Valley have been busy. Throughout May Colenso Cafe will be holding free Honey tasting from 10-4pm daily. You'll get to try organic, manuka and native blends, including Whenuakite's very own Honeymead.

Homegrown Art

Although primarily about Coromandel food, the Homegrown Festival also celebrates local arts and crafts in the Coromandel Arts Tour. For three weeks of the festival a selection of artists will open their studio’s and share their creativity with passers by.



Editorial by Stevie Hopwood
22nd March 2011

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