Wānaka Sun       

Celebrate the harvest bounty

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Apr, 2021 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

The call is out for anyone with surplus fruit and veggies in their gardens to save waste and donate to the Wānaka Autumn Harvest Festival.

Organised by Wao Aotearoa in collaboration with local businesses, the community event at Rippon aims to bring people together and minimise waste. This year's festivities will feature the seventh annual Wānaka Autumn Apple Drive on Saturday, April 10, followed by the second annual Long Lunch on Sunday. 

With a focus on preserving surplus produce, the apple drive will feature a communal chutney making session and fresh juice pressing.

Project Manager at Wastebusters Sophie Ward said: “bring your surplus fruit, a sharp knife, a chopping board, small jars and 1-2 litre bottles for juice and join the communal activities.”

Co-organiser, Federal Diner owner Brona Parsons said the apple drive had become “one of the mainstays of the Wānaka calendar,” and in 2019 it was decided to add a lunch event to celebrate local food, community growers and the harvest bounty.

A team of volunteer organisers and chefs will create a multi-course meal based on excess produce donated from the community.

“This is a shout out to the community for excess vegies from their garden,” said Parsons, “pumpkin, courgettes, tomatoes… instead of letting it go to waste or rot on the ground, bring it and sit down and have lunch.”

“Last time was amazing,” said Parsons, “we had more than we knew what to do with. It's a real feel-good event.”

Proceeds will go to local charity Food for Love, with the last event in 2019 raising about $1,000. And to keep the event as simple and waste free as possible, guests are asked to bring their own crockery, cutlery and glassware.

To donate produce, contact Lara on 021 0836 0852 or larajmetcalfe@gmail.com. For more information or tickets, visit the Wānaka Autumn Harvest Festival Facebook event page.

Read edition 1020 of the Wānaka Sun here.



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