Seafood shots go down a treat

IAN ALLEN
Last updated 07:37 10/12/2012
Fairhall School
Ian Allen

Lolly drop: Santa arrives at the Fairhall School Gourmet Christmas Festival yesterday on a harvester bearing lollies for excited children

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The big three of Marlborough seafood - oysters, mussels and salmon - ensured this year's Fairhall School Christmas Festival lived up to its gourmet billing, said oyster stall holder Aaron Pannell.

And the oyster shooters, in the style of mini Bloody Marys, were going down a treat, he said.

Mr Pannell had prepared both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of the fishy shots for yesterday's fundraiser.

"Interestingly the alcoholic ones are going down better," he said. "There's not a lot [of vodka] in it, just enough to give you a little taste. It's a recipe we've been playing with at home."

This was the first time the school Christmas festival had organised a seafood section, Mr Pannell said.

All the oysters, mussels and salmon were farm grown, he said.

Parent Amanda Gibbs had already tried two oyster shots.

She planned to sample a venison burger next.

"It has a real gourmet feel this year," she said. "In Marlborough, we have such beautiful meats and wines, it's wonderful to bring them together in one arena. It's kind of like a farmers' market."

Ms Gibbs has two children at Fairhall School and another who left last year.

The whole school community had contributed to making the festival a success, she said.

One of the parents had donated the harvester for Santa to arrive on.

"But it's lovely to see lots of people from outside the school coming and enjoying the day."

Festival organiser Debbie Pannell said the 29 stalls were raising funds for the technology department.

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