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Featherston Booktown Brings Peta Mathias to Wairarapa

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

Featherston Booktown is thrilled to announce the arrival of the ever-popular Peta Mathias to Featherston Booktown. Peta Mathias – cook, raconteur, traveller, writer, singer, and TV star will be in Featherston for a Gala Afternoon Tea on Saturday 11 July from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

“Featherston Booktown is absolutely delighted to welcome Peta to Featherston for this event”, says Mary Biggs, Operations Manager. “Peta was scheduled to attend our May 2020 Festival but that idea ground to a halt with COVID-19, then we tried to include her in our Digital lockdown Festival, but this was stymied because we couldn’t secure funding for it.  Finally, we can bring Peta to Featherston to experience her full-on zest for life – a perfect tonic for us coming out of lockdown!”

Peta will be doing a cooking demonstration, tasting, and reading from her new book, Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World

“She will entertain us with unusual, sometimes naughty, stories from the book which includes a recipe for artichokes well known for their erotic symbolism, and the story of roses - there's nothing like a steamy, full-frontal, powerful rose to set the heart beating.”

A carefully curated artisan produce fair will be held in the Anzac Hall before and after this event. 

This will be an exclusive fundraising event for Featherston Booktown and will be limited to 50 people. The tickets, available on Eventfinda, are $195 plus booking fees.

A gourmet afternoon tea will be provided by the fabulous Featherston Booktown Tea and Cakes team of volunteers as part of the ticket price and there will be a sensational spot prize for a lucky guest, donated by South Wairarapa sheep and beef station: Palliser Ridge.

“I am so excited about coming to Featherston Booktown and helping the team there raise funds to keep their community organisation sustainable post lockdown”, says Peta.

“Traditional funding and sponsorships are tight for festivals now and many writers have had their incomes slashed due to COVID-19.”

“I admire their drive to bounce back and create opportunities for writers, poets, and audiences and I encourage everyone to treat themselves and their loved ones to this gala afternoon of stories, songs, fashion and great food,” says Peta.

Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World will be for sale and Peta will sign books after the Gala Afternoon Tea.

Featherston Booktown is very grateful for the support from its sponsors for this event: The Country Cooking School, the South Wairarapa District Council, and the Featherston SuperValue Supermarket.

Featherston Booktown will announce details about their August ‘Words in Winter’ events shortly.

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