Chilly to chilli at market

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Food glorious food from fresh berries to sought after venison is on the menu at the Tamahere Market on Saturday, November 17.

New season strawberries and blueberries will also be transformed to taste bud-tempting berry good ice creams.

And from chilly to chilli, the red hot market regular, the Chilli Company, will be back with its range of spicy jams, sauces and relish. Great for gifts as well as our own pantries so look for the stall in red and sample before you buy.

Need something to wash that down with? Lanes End wines matched with market cheese may be just the ticket. Ask vintner Rainer for advice and to learn more about Waikato wines.

Reynolds’ venison small goods have such a following for their lean and tasty patties, sausages and salami that many people put in orders and pick them up each market. For uninitiated, though, there are always samples to try before they buy.

Rounding off our gourmet gallop – pasta! Pasta Mia has fabulous pasta meals that can be kept in the freezer and made up into quick, delicious meals. Once again, try the different flavours … but the word is they are all good.

The Tamahere Market is on 8am to 1pm each third Saturday of the month in the St Stephen’s church grounds, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive. For more details and directions click here.

Just two more markets remain to be held this year – a special Christmas twilight market, 4-8pm, on Saturday, December 1, which will have loads of Christmas gift ideas, and the regular monthly market on December 15.

St Stephen’s will also be hosting its popular Christmas festival from December 1 to 24, open 10am to 4pm daily. This beautiful display of Christmas decorations and nativity scenes is always one of the real pleasures of the season for those who flock to its delights from near and far to simply enjoy or to buy decorations and gifts.

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