Last night we opted for some fish and chips at my favourite beach in Auckland; Orewa Beach. Aside from the sometimes blustery onshore wind it was the perfect way to soak up some salty air and re-acquaint myself with one of the best things about Auckland; the beaches.
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What do alpacas, axemen, amusement rides and Aucklanders’ have in common? You would have found them all at the Kumeu Show this past weekend.
Established in 1922, the Kumeu Show is one of the largest shows in the Southern Hemisphere. Held on 34 hectares (80 acres) of land, the show attracts exhibitors from across the nation, showcasing a variety of animals, delicious food products and all manner of farm equipment. The very first Auckland Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) show was held in 1843 to demonstrate excellence in agriculture and animal husbandry. 168 years later these shows are still regular features in the event calendar of communities throughout New Zealand. They’re an institution of sorts, that until yesterday I’d never taken the time to experience.
To be honest I was surprised by the sheer size of the show; the aisles of fresh produce, vehicles, artwork, animals, clothing and garden supplies went on and on and there were plenty of people to keep the exhibitors happy. True to form, the food options drew the biggest crowds. Aside from your usual fairground fancies there were tonnes of tasty local offerings; avocado oil, venison salami, smoked salmon, crusty bread, olives and my favourite; cheese, so much good cheese.
After wandering amongst the giant pumpkins and petting a couple of donkeys we headed towards the main event area. On show were the best in sheep shearing, wood chopping, equestrian and dog trialing. Whilst the sheep racing was a good laugh, the axemen were the most impressive and thus proving why New Zealand is a world leader in the sport.
A few hours later, sunburnt and with bellies (and bags) full of food we headed home to sample our collection of cheese and salami. Thanks Kumeu Show, you were pretty choice!