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One of New Zealand’s firmly established authentic farmers markets, the Central Otago Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday from late October until the end of February, 9 am – 1 pm.
This seasonal market is distinctive due to its setting within the Old Cromwell Town historic precinct off Melmore Terrace, on the edge of Lake Dunstan. A small and lively market, surrounded by wooden and stone buildings reflecting Cromwell’s past, it conveys a sense of intimate ‘market square’.
Produce includes fresh stonefruit from Central Otago’s renowned orchards, local bread and cheeses, fresh baking, olive oils from district olive groves, summer vegetables and fresh-cut herbs, berry fruits, regional specialty meats – venison, hare, pheasant, merino - cut flowers, honeys and preserves featuring intensely flavoured local fruits. In addition, a wide range of other seasonal foods appear during the market’s long summer months: lavender products, organic beer and organic greens, teas, fresh eggs, vegetable and flower garden plants and much more.
And right next to the market, Old Cromwell Towns’ own varied and interesting shops beckon. The Central Otago Farmer’s Market, combined with the shopping experiences offered within the precinct, ensures a great Sunday outing.
This is a great holiday event with “3 races in 1” designed to cater for everyone. Starting at the Bannockburn Pub it’s a great sight to watch the field of over 500 bikers head off ‘en-mass’.
The serious guys do the Classic ride 35km’s high up into the hills above Clyde and career downhill, along the tortuous pylon track, back to the finish line at the pub. By then the family groups and little kids have successfully negotiated the Recreational ride, 10kms of gravel and farm tracks, proud of their achievements, with smiles a mile wide.
For the sporty folk who want a bit more of a challenge, there is the 22km ride over gravel roads, rough farm tracks and pylon track.
Parking is in the paddock in front of the pub and you need to be early to get a good park. The garden bar at the Bannockburn Pub is great place to relax and relive your ride with friends and family. Enjoy a sausage from the BBQ, some pub grub and replace the lost fluids.
This annual event is held in late December each year.
Held on the 2nd January each year, this is a great event on the lake with options to complete either two or three disciplines, with further permutations on the water to either kayak or swim this leg – you chose.
The start/finish and transition area is at McNulty Inlet - a great location for supporters and spectators to get close to all the action. For the athletes, being on and near the lake for each leg can be challenging with likely weather changes, but well worth it.
Individuals and teams compete, so we get to watch the serious athletes as well as cheering on our family, neighbours and friends. A great day for working off the excesses of the holiday season and starting the year with a satisfying event whatever distances or disciplines you want to put your body through. Have fun and enjoy.
Held in Cromwell the fruit bowl of the south, the Cromwell Cherry Festival celebrates the first delicious stonefruit of the season.
This is a unique event where contestants compete to spit a cherry stone the farthest and for the chance to represent New Zealand at the Cherry Harmony Festival Australasian championships held in Manjimup, Western Australia.
Held every year on 4th January the event has grown to host not only the cherry spitting championship but a festival of all things about cherries. The festival celebrations will take place in the the Cromwell Mall, including a cherry pie baking competition, cherry pie eating competition, a kids colouring competition and a cherry / ping pong ball race in the mall stream.
Join in the fun and festivities, and make sure you have a go to spit your cherry stone the farthest. Remember if you win you will head to Manjimup in Western Australian for the Australasian championship in December.
The 2011 Cromwell winner ‘spit’ a Cherry Stone a distance of 11.61m. How far do you think you can spit?
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