BayJam – a summer afternoon
Whitianga will come alive on Sunday, 28 January with a variety of local music and entertainment, artisanal food, and the charm of Mercury Bay cafes, bars and businesses. With multiple locations throughout Whitianga, there’s plenty of time to explore and celebrate the Coromandel’s finest. The festival includes well know local performers – Let’s Go Descarrego, GRIM, Fei Linn.as well as Good Gracious Annie (Alan & Julia Rhodes & Pippa Le Leivre) and Sarah Morcom, who recently opened the New Year’s Eve gig at Coroglen.
Many facets to BayJam
Award winning food producers including Opito Bay Salt, Castle Rock will join a number of food options including the ever-popular Sugarfish .That focus continues with other top food offerings – Lotta Love with its full menu of vegan treats, Well Stocked Deli has a special stand at Taylors Mistake as well as their own premises in Albert Street next to Fine Wines and Slice, Slice Baby Pizza and 309 Hone, Mini Dutch Pancakes, Cubano Sandwiches. “The festival is from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and during and after that the restaurants, cafes and bars are turning on special menus.,” says BayJam organiser, Stella Pennell.
Stoked Restaurant. Hula Café further down Albert Street is offering lunch specials, with music (DJ SunRay) kicking off from 5pm. Blue Ginger will be using a Laneways Festival Asian Street Food theme. Smitty’s will be running lunchtime specials of NZ Mussels in a creamy garlic sauce, Cooked at the top of Mill Street, are featuring all day music with Kingfish Cerviche specials paired with delicious cocktails. Monkey House is staging two shows with a young Russian circus entertainer who is also a jazz pianist and guitarist. Mercury Bay Twin Cinemas are having special screenings from 4.15pm
Poor Things R18 – 4.00pm with Golden Globes winner Emma Stone
Perfect Days – 5.00pm Subtitled
The Iron Claw – 7.00pm M
The Colour Purple – 7.30pm
The Mercury Bay Museum is having an old fashioned Games and Heritage Day, demonstrating kauri gum polishing and butter churning, – making history fun and accessible.
Matilda the Time-travelling fairy will be face-painting, and for some rest and relaxation, Wolf & Phoenix will be offering various massages to ease away the aches and pains. Emma Evangeline, a talented and award-winning local artist who draws her inspiration from around the Peninsula.
Coroglen Tavern has an epic lineup for the evening,
St John’s Hato Hone are our designated charity and will have a stand sharing information about their services and community involvement.
The Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club is having its Ladies In The Bay fishing competition that weekend and these fisherwomen and their families will be able to connect with BayJam following prize giving on the Saturday.
Stella says, “The Mercury Bay Business Association wanted to fill the gap left by the Summer Concert not being held in Mercury Bay this year due to the broken highway25A (now fixed). The hard lean year is behind us and we can celebrate and show case the really outstanding aspects of the Mercury Bay character. Music and entertainment are a stand out and so is food.”