Eating, drinking and being crafty

21:12, Jan 27 2013
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Cooling off: Whitby’s Parag family stop for an ice cream in the shade – from left, Premila Nathvani, Taj Parag, 3, Daxa Parag and Roshan Parag, five months.
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Crafty cars: Whitby siblings Jack Beazley, 10, and Elise, 11, check out pint-sized toys at one market stall.
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Indian ink: Titahi Bay’s Georgia Ellis, 5, gets a henna tattoo from Esther Martin.
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Precious cargo: Otaki boy Maikara Thorpe, 7, makes a tricky turn during an egg-and-spoon race.
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Rural delights: Jamie Cameron, 6, from Boulcott, gets familiar with a tractor at Saturday’s Eat, Drink and Be Crafty fair. Photos: Andrea O’Neil
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Supersized: Paella Boys Alan Bargiacchi and Corrado Ronchetti stir a huge risotto for the hungry Eat, Drink and Be Crafty crowd.

The weather was brilliant, the crowds packed in and the food vendors were rushed off their feet at the Eat, Drink and Be Crafty fair at Battle Hill on Saturday.

More than 5000 attended the Mana Lions-organised event, in its third year, where there were 85 stall to whet taste buds and empty wallets.

Co-ordinator Bob Welsh said the stall-holders were positive in their feedback, although a number of the food sellers found themselves overwhelmed by the queues and ran out of food.

''The weather was incredible, we had no tailbacks [down the Paekakariki Hill Rd] and what we've heard from the public has been great.

"There will always be things we can look to improve, but it was a fantastic day.''

More animals - such as a petting zoo - could be on the cards next year, along with a possible move to Sunday, to avoid clashes with other markets and Wellington Cup day.

Money raised from the fair goes to Life Flight Trust, with Mr Welsh giving an early estimate of $7000.

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