Top five things to do this weekend

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 11:12 27/06/2014
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THE WEDDING EXPO

Travelling down Naylor St last Sunday evening, I noticed a yellow sign promoting the Waikato wedding expo on Sunday at the Hamilton Gardens. Mentally filing this information away for this week's top five, I conversationally mentioned the upcoming event to my boyfriend, who was also in the car. He snorted and asked if I intended to go. I replied no, unless of course he was planning to pop the question between now and then. Watching him squirm amused me to no end. His response? Only if he lost his mind or diagnosed with a terminal illness.

It's $12 entry, children under 12 are free, and open from 9.30am to 4pm.

MATARIKI - AOTEROA'S NEW YEAR'S FESTIVAL

Make your own Matariki star at the Waikato's Museum's Matariki Magic event on Saturday between 1-2pm. At 3pm, kapa haka group Te Iti Kahurangi will perform at the museum's newly opened exhibition E Nga Uri Whakatupu, Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa.

MARDI GRAS

Revellers will flock to Ohakune this weekend for a mid-winter dress up party in the North Island. No doubt attendees will find themselves wading through a sea of onesies and puffer jackets.   The line-up includes Weird Together, Whistle Jacket, Peking Duk, Mt Eden and General Lee. The big night is Saturday. Click here for ticket prices. 

THE KING'S SINGERS

Acclaimed Grammy Award-winning acapella vocal ensemble The King's Singers  kingssingers.com are performing at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts as part of a three-date New Zealand tour. The group will wow Hamilton audiences tonight. Click here for more information.

PARK DRIFT DAY

The Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park Drift Day is a on Saturday. It's free for spectators and for novice to to advance drifters. 

ONE MORE THING

It's the perfect weather for curling up on the couch in your thermals, woolly socks, an oversized jumper and a yummy bowl of soup. I'm a big fan of chunky soups and recently stumbled across a Jamie Oliver recipe called 'Store cupboard lentil soup'. I replaced the bacon strips with a bacon hock and added about three hours onto the cooking time and voila, soup to warm your soul and feed you for days. 

What is your favourite winter meal? I'm getting a list together and I'd love to know kind of food keeps you going through the cold months.

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- Waikato Times

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