Cafe chat: Betty's back

Last updated 10:52 18/12/2013
Black Betty
John Kirk-Anderson
CHANGE AFOOT: Black Betty will be under repair until the end of February.

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Black Betty cafe has been closed since Monday for building strengthening and remodelling. The main cafe will hopefully be open again by the end of February. Because of a lack of insurance support while this programme is carried out, the cafe will be operating a smaller cafe, dubbed "Back Betty" behind the Madras St site. Back Betty will sell coffee and a reduced range of food. Head down there and support Betty to ensure its return in the new year. More info on Black Betty's Facebook page.


Get back to basics this Christmas and take part in the Agropolis Urban Farm picnic this Saturday. Agropolis is an urban garden in the central city where food is grown and harvested. It is open to the public for workshops 9am-midday (shed building, composting, and seed raising) with a midday harvest and picnic. You need to bring a plate of food to share, your own cutlery (plates provided), a drink and appropriate clothing for the weather, and a rug or something to sit on. Find the vacant site near the corner of Tuam and High streets, access is via High St.


The annual Sefton Christmas Harvest Market is being held on Christmas Eve at 818 Marshmans Rd, Sefton, 9am-1pm. This is a unique Christmas experience suitable for the whole family and especially for festive foodies. Head out to the farm where you can pick your own peas and dig your own new potatoes to take home. There will also be 30 local producers set up on the site selling fresh veges, eggs, duck and turkey, flowers, gelato and more. For more info, email


Riccarton House is hosting twilight markets this week, 4pm- 7pm, selling a range of items and providing a European-inspired market experience. At the Pallet Pavilion, Anissa Victoria's Vintage Market is on Saturday this week, midday-4pm. It's perfect for last minute gifts and a pre-Christmas splurge.

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