Spectator vintage a little older

18:39, Feb 02 2014
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Sammyjo Devries, left, and Emma Dennison dance to the music while enjoying a drink at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
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Some of the crowd at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
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Jo Taylor, Damon Odey and Steve Wills dress up as part of the 'Gussey-Up' competition at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
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Phoenix Dominey, 8, gets her face painted by Chantal Dorsey at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
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Jacqui Barnes, left, with Kelly Holgate enjoy a drink as they look at the art display in the band rotunda at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
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Trying a pinot gris from a Kurow Winery are from left, Georgina Hewson and Melissa Andrew, served by Patrick Tyrrell at the South Canterbury Wine and Food festival held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.

Attendance was down at the South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival this year.

The festival was back after a year's hiatus with key changes including a move from Saturday to Sunday, and an earlier finishing time than in previous years.

Organisers estimated between 2000 and 2500 people went through the gate at yesterday's event while proceeds, in aid of Hospice South Canterbury, are still being tallied up.

Sammyjo Devries, left, and Emma Dennison,
KNEES UP: Sammyjo Devries, left, and Emma Dennison, were among enthusiastic punters at the South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival.

Co-organiser Karen McCrostie said this year's event had attracted an older crowd to the Botanical Gardens.

The festival previously featured national acts including Anika Moa, Elemeno P and the Black Seeds, but went for a local lineup this year.

The Soul Agency, Double Talk, Bex Murray and Kaylee Bell were among South Canterbury entertainers, with Wellington-based Diamond Divas being the out-of-towners.

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Entry was restricted to one gate this year - two previously - with more focus on food, organisers said.

About 50 stallholders provided a range of cuisine, with new restaurants in town taking part.

Co-organiser Carol Angland said there had been more than 80 entries in the Aoraki Youth Art and Poetry competition while seven South Canterbury artists displayed their work.

Timaru Mayor Damon Odey and former councillor Jo Taylor, both in fancy dress, judged the gussy up and found themselves in the lineup of finalists due to a shortage of entrants.

Alan Munro, chief executive of Hospice South Canterbury, said he was pleased with the weather.

"The weather turned it on for us again and there was superb entertainment."

Ambulance staff reported three minor injuries and one person taken to hospital after a reaction to a bee sting. Police reported no arrests.

New rules were introduced at the 2011 festival to reduce drunkenness after two people were arrested and several had to be escorted from the venue in 2010 for disorderly behaviour.

Police and liquor licence inspectors recommended changes in the aftermath, banning patrons from carrying bottles around the venue.

The South Canterbury Wine and Food Festival has been a highlight of the summer calender for the past 14 years. For the first two years the festival was held at the Opihi Vineyards.

The Timaru Herald