Festival a welcome winter treat

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Last updated 12:58 24/06/2014
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SHANKS A LOT: Louise Cole, of Richmond, watches chef Craig Woodbury cook lamb shanks during the Winterruption Festival at the Richmond Mall.

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The enticing smell of slow-cooked lamb shanks wafted through Richmond Mall yesterday as part of the council's bid to "winterrupt" the winter blues.

Wooden Spoon Cafe's Craig Woodbury took to the stage to show punters how to cook nutritious and hearty winter feasts on a budget, as part of the Tasman District Council's Winterruption Festival.

"It's great to be involved in something new and different," he said. "It went very well. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it."

Woodbury has been the face of many cooking demonstrations around the country, including major food and trade shows in Auckland, but enjoyed "getting back to basics" in his community.

The demonstration was received with delight by Tahuna resident Anne Mattsen and her long-time friend Patricia Florlemann of Nelson.

The pair attended the demonstration to get healthy ideas to fuel up after breaking a sweat at the Winterruption Festival's "Shape Up For Healthy Hearts" fitness class at the town hall.

"It's fantastic to have these things organised in winter. You're never too old to learn new things."

Mattsen and Florlemann keep active in the community, attending the gym, participating in zumba classes and going for walks. "The festival is a great idea, they'll do very well," said Woodbury.

The next week of Richmond's Winterruption festival will include catwalk shows from local fashion retailers alongside roller derby and inline hockey exhibition matches.

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- The Nelson Mail

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