A Word from Sanchia Jacobs, Central Otago District Council chief executive

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Partaking in what region has to offer

I was as disappointed as the next person when Covid-19 required the cancellation of the 65th Blossom Festival.

I was really looking forward to a day in the sun with good people, good music and good food, joining the community in celebrating the onset of spring in Central Otago.

It seems that Covid knew something we didn’t, though, as on the day itself the weather was miserable enough that enjoying an outdoor festival wasn’t on the cards anyway.

I have tried to focus instead on other little markers of spring the actual blossom on the trees, the lambs in the paddocks, the longer evenings, the morning frosts coupled with a bluebird day and getting out on my bike to enjoy our trails.

From a council perspective, spring sees us ramping up with our parks contracts to stay on top of spring growth, and the start of our very own annual food celebration

If you haven’t partaken, you must.

There are some absolute gems available to tempt your taste buds in every corner of the district.

In fact, a colleague at CODC just told me that she had an amazing real fruit ice cream with port sauce at Jones Family Fruit Stall in Cromwell (thanks for the tip Kelly), and I have twice been recommended the venison burger offered up by Burger Afloat on Lake Dunstan Trail.

I will be definitely trying the Dunstan House Brunch Board because their entry was a personal favourite last year, and would never miss whatever Humble Pie is offering (it’s a Moroccan chicken pie by the way). I’ll be heading to 103 The Store and Faigans Kitchen & Cafe down in the Teviot to sample their entries.

The big event will be a tour out to the Maniototo with my bike, so that I can justify brunch in Waipiata, lunch in Naseby and dinner back in Waipiata.

And all of this still won’t have me trying everything on the menu that Eat.Taste.Central offers, so I will be sneaking in as many of the lamb entries as I can in between.

Check out the full entries list by googling Eat.Taste.Central or go to centralotagonz.com and follow the link from there, or pick up a brochure at one of your local eateries.

It is nice to know that in such a dynamic environment where things seem to change on a daily basis, that some things stay the same.

Spring is here. Let’s enjoy it.