Top five things to do this weekend
KAWHIA KAI FESTIVAL
Food aficiandos; get behind the wheel and drive - safely - to Kawhia this Saturday for the tenth annual Kawhia Kai Festival and indulge in one, if not all, of the 25 stalls.
Last year's offerings on the Ōmiti Reserve included seafood, wild pork sausages, fried bread, fermented corn and cream paua. All I can think right now is 'shut up and get in my belly'.
It's $10 entry for adults and $2 for 12 and under.
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Garden Place this Saturday. There will some live performances, food stalls and for a gold coin you can nab yourself a chinese lantern. It's a free event for all ages, 6pm - 10pm.
Taking a picnic blanket will probably be a good life choice.
WAIKATO CARNIVAL OF RACING
It's the most prestigious day of racing in the Waikato, I'm told. It's $10 for adults while under 18s are free. There will be be Tempo Fashion on the Field too.
So if you are looking for something to do in Hamilton this Saturday, go to the Te Rapa racetrack between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
THE TROPICAL GARDEN
Hamiton's fantasy collection at the gardens has a new addition - the tropical garden. It really is beautiful. I went for a looksie on Wednesday night after dining by turtle lake - also something you could do this weekend. A word of advice though; take insect repellent. Just do it.
Back to the garden. The vertical wall is covered with more than 6000 tropical plants - it's quite a sight to behold. Also, three large pipes from a children's igloo which once graced Innes Common have been recycled and used to house bamboo.
Now in its eighth year, this event has grown dramatically since its inception. The two day event includes a drive-in movie, a cruise, Miss Retro Motorama, lawn mower racing and big rigs. For more info, click here.