Pastoral pleasures await revellers

Last updated 10:41 22/01/2013
Kris Dando

CHEERS: Mana Lions’ Bob Welsh is anticipating a day full of summer cheer at this Saturday’s Eat, Drink and be Crafty fair.

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Eat, Drink and be Crafty will have its third outing this Saturday, on farmland at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park.

If the weather is fine, it's a big day out for young and old, with more than 80 stalls selling food, crafts, beer and wine, clothing and jewellery.

Children's games such as the three-legged and sack races, pony and amusement rides and live music make it a magic day out in a rural setting.

Founders Melanie Maddock and Chloe Jansen have taken a step back this year, with Mana Lions - who last year earned plenty of plaudits for re-jigging the chaotic parking situation from 2011 - assuming the organising of the event.

Co-ordinator Bob Welsh says their involvement in 2012 gave them a good insight into what was required and they are confident of maintaining what Mrs Maddock and Mrs Jansen kick-started.

More than 5000 people attended last year and he expects at least the same again.

"The location is perfect, you can't really go wrong. We've been talking to the stallholders and the other people participating, and everyone is really looking forward to the day."

Stallholders' wares include hand-made soap, garden art, candles, pottery and wooden toys, while among the food and drink on offer is Thai, Mexican, French pastries, icecream, salami, paua, Tuatara beer, limoncello and bourbon.

The public can use cash, but there will be an Eftpos station on hand to purchase "market money" for use on the stalls.

"The wooden kids' toys are new and there are a lot more food options than last year," Mr Welsh says.

Money raised will go to the Life Flight Trust.

Mr Welsh says Mana Lions have a number of events on their calendar but Eat, Drink and be Crafty is likely the biggest.

"All the members turn out and it's great for the club to be seen like this. We love being out there on the day."

Eat, Drink and be Crafty opens 10am till 4pm. If the weather is bad, it will be postponed to the next day. There is a gold coin donation for parking.

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