Cathie Hamilton and Diana Arnold, both recent newcomers to New Zealand have cooked up a new tourism promotion to help extend the stay of visitors to Hawke’s Bay.
“After a talk by Hawke’s Bay Tourism about their Hidden gems campaign, - aimed at encouraging visitors to stay that extra night by doing something more here – and an activity, or experience that perhaps they hadn’t thought of before, we thought we could do our bit to encourage visitors to stay one more night” – commented Diana who owns Havelock House in Havelock North.
So many visitors rush through the region, staying only a night or two and we really need to encourage longer staying visitors. People are looking for different experiences – what better than to use what Hawke’s Bay is already famous for its fresh food and fine wines.
Hawke’s Bay local produce from olive oils to olives, cheese and nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables will be featured in Cathie’s original recipes. Guests will go away having learnt how to make simple but sophisticated dishes from scratch with time saving tips from a top chef – Cathie.
Other countries such as Italy and Thailand have been promoting their cookery for years – we have it all here it just takes a small ‘leap of faith to put it in place’
Cathie has the cooking skills – she has been running successful cookery classes in Hawke’s Bay for the past 18 months and is so impressed by the range of fresh food here – “It’s something Hawke’s Bay people don’t always appreciate – in Canada so much of this has been lost – meaning the farmers markets to parking lots!” We have the accommodation adds Diana who opened the Havelock House B&B 3 years ago after they she arrived here from York England with her family.
Guests will stay here and go to Cathie’s for the cooking class followed by dinner paired with local wines. We are hoping to appeal to visitors who want that extra night.
“Visitors love the food and wine here” adds Cathie. “So why not teach them how to use all this fresh produce and when they go home they will impress their friends with the recipes they’ve learnt on the course – and their friends will come to Hawke’s Bay too.”
For more information contact:
77 Endsleigh Road
Hawke's Bay 4130
Tel 06 8775439
Certified Culinary Scientist
06 876 4911