Totara Estate host of harvest festival

Lamb is back on the menu at Totara Estate - 127 years after the first shipment of meat from the estate was sent to Port Chalmers to be shipped frozen to the United Kingdom.

The "Totara lamburger" will be relaunched at the Harvest Home Festival at the estate tomorrow, with the first 1000 visitors receiving a picnic pack which includes a voucher for a Totara lamburger.

In the past, local restaurants have competed to create the best lamburger.

While entertaining to watch, it left the crowd with their "mouths watering for a taste", co-ordinator Scott Elliffe said.

Riverstone Kitchen chef Bevan Smith will use ingredients from his restaurant garden to develop a relish, working with other ingredients supplied by the Alliance Group's Pukeuri plant and Brydone Growers to create the burger.

The day will start with a traditional thanksgiving service in the estate granary at 10.30am and festivities will continue late into the afternoon.

The resident Totara swaggers will be joined by North Canterbury balladeer Phil Garland.

There will also be heritage games, horse and wagon and penny-farthing rides, bush bands, hawkers selling traditional farm fare, demonstrations by tradespeople and pedlars selling their wares.


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