Artists, authors and a world-renowned chef will be among the attractions at what is thought to be New Zealand’s first festival to celebrate honey and bees, which takes place at Matakana Primary School on Sunday, February 14.
The Big Buzz Festival runs all day, from 9am to 4pm, and will feature free talks, workshops, demonstrations, tastings and exhibitions. There will also be market stalls, live music, children’s entertainment and at least nine food, drink and coffee trucks.
Highlights include a cooking demonstration from noted Australian chef Cory Campbell, who has moved to the region after spells at top restaurants including the two Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Sydney’s Barangaroo. Rachel Weston, author of Bumble Bees Have Smelly Feet, will give readings from her latest book, while award-winning beekeeper Andrew Cory will talk about his journey from buying the Niue Honey Company on a whim in 1999 up to his latest project, the creation of a global bee sanctuary.
Other attractions include a workshop on how to make handmade books, a demonstration on natural eco-dying with leaves, flowers and bark, a talk on garden planting for pollinators, an insight into how to save NZ’s 27 native bee species and honey tastings. There will also be an exhibition of work from Matakana, Leigh, Pakiri, Ahuroa and Wainui schools, which have been running Big Buzz educational projects over the past year.