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Fantastic Food & Fairs in Featherston over Toast Weekend!

24 September 2020

Sadly, Toast Martinborough has cancelled their homage to food and Wairarapa wine this year, but Featherston is stepping into the breach to offer visitors a fantastic Saturday of food, books, and art over the traditional Toast weekend in November.

Featherston Booktown, in association with Property Brokers, is delighted to present an Afternoon with Annabel Langbein, in conversation with David Cohen, about her new memoir Bella: My Life in Food. The event is on Saturday 14 November at the Anzac Hall, 62 Bell Street Featherston from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

“How fantastic that Annabel is coming to Featherston Booktown on Saturday! We are expecting lots of visitors to come to the Wairarapa over this weekend, despite the Toast cancellation, and this will be a really popular event”, says Mary Biggs, Operations Manager of Featherston Booktown.

For the first time, Annabel Langbein, New Zealand's most popular cookbook author, writes about her remarkable life and how food has shaped it, as well as highlighting some of the recipes that have resonated most strongly with her over the years.

Bursting with tender and funny anecdotes and gorgeous recipes, Bella is Annabel Langbein's must-read memoir.

From her childhood fascination with cooking to a teenage flirtation as a Maoist hippie, to possum trapping and living off the land as a hunter and forager, to travelling and starting her own croissant business in Brazil, Annabel's life has always been centred on food and nature. Out of this came an obsession with creating cookbooks, introducing a generation of cooks to her simple recipes for delicious, stylish meals.

From throughout this rich life in food, she has chosen 60 key recipes, created with her signature style and flair that make cooking easy for everyone, sharing them in this beautifully photographed book.

David Cohen is a Wellington based writer, journalist, and food critic and his longstanding interest in Jewish subjects led him to collaborate with the Auckland restaurateur Yael Shochat on Ima Cuisine: An Israeli Mother’s Kitchen. His latest book, Fridays with Jim: Conversations about Our Country with Jim Bolger was published this year.

Annabel's book will be for sale and she will sign copies after the talk.

An added attraction for foodies will be an exuberant Food Fair in the Anzac Hall complex, featuring over 20 Wairarapa artisanal food producers and cookbook stalls before and after Annabel's event. A chance to taste the delights from the Wairarapa and get the Christmas shopping done early!

The local school children will be getting involved too, creating a chalk walk which links the key attractions happening in Featherston over this weekend. The chalk walk starts at the Saturday morning Featherston Market, behind the pharmacy, past one of the seven book shops in town, through to the Featherston Community Centre in Wakefield Street where there will be a fantastic art exhibition and sale of original art no bigger than 200mm x 200mm.

Called ‘iti’, this is an inaugural Art Sale organised by the Community Centre as part of their fund-raising efforts for 2020. Every piece of art will sell for $150 ($50 of each purchase will go to the Community Centre and $100 will go to the artist). The seriously good artists are either from the Wairarapa or have a connection to the Wairarapa.

The chalk walk continues to the Anzac Hall complex then heads back into the main street, taking in the other six bookshops of Featherston Booktown.

Tickets are $20 plus fees and are available from Eventfinda:

For further information, please contact:

Mary Biggs , Operations Manager, Featherston Booktown

0274 836 181

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