School food the best

18:09, Dec 04 2012

The Fairhall School Christmas Festival has moved up a gear this year with the introduction of a gourmet element of mouth-watering food and delicious wine now a big part of the fun, family day this Sunday.

The annual festival is a major fundraiser for the school, with this year's funds going towards the school's computer centre.

"The festival has done well over the years but needed a breath of fresh air.

The gourmet element is a fantastic idea and we are pretty excited about the festival this year," said Fairhall School deputy principal, Denyse Healy.

"A huge amount of work has been done by the organisers and the kids have been involved in making things and having stalls again this year."

As in years past the festival, which runs from 11am till 3pm at Fairhall School, is aimed at being a great family outing where one can bring a deck chair and picnic blanket from which to enjoy the day.


Two huge bouncy castles, face painting and tasty treats are sure to keep the kids busy, and Santa is also rumoured to be making an appearance.

Parents wanting to sample delicacies like oysters, mussels, salmon, venison or wild pork can match their choices with some fine wine and top it off with a chocolate truffle.

Everything on sale will be Marlborough grown and produced.

"We will have all the favourites from last year like spit roast pork, baked goods, home-made sweets, Christmas trees for sale and mystery jars, which are great fun because you can get something really great for very little money," Denyse said.

A group of parents and staff, led by Debbie her husband, Arron Pannell, have worked for the past three months to get the gourmet festival together.

It was the Pannells who introduced the idea of adding a gourmet element and Debbie has busied herself with securing no fewer than 26 sponsors, who have donated thousands of dollars worth of funds, food and advertising for the event.

"There are so many people who are involved and they have all done such a great job, I have just been delegating tasks; they have done all the hard work," said Debbie.

"Things have come together really well and all we need is some good weather to make it a great day."

Festival-goers can also enjoy live music throughout the day with Beat Brothers, Hummingbird and Marlborough Dance playing on a specially set up stage.

Around 20 stalls will be set up around a big central marquee, with plenty of room around on the field for families to relax and enjoy the day.

The Marlborough Express