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Whitianga’s Stu Pedley and Leo Magri of Let’s Go Descarrego! set to jam the afternoon away with festival punters. Photo: SUPPLIED

‘Melody, Taste and Community Spirit’: Whitianga Festival

Festival-goers can add Whitianga to the list as BayJam sets out to host the Coromandel’s vibrant culture, talent and kai on January 28. 
Focussed on melody, taste and community spirit, the event calls on the expertise of local musicians, Coromandel’s artisanal food producers, and the charm of the area’s cafes, bars and businesses.
There are five bands set to grace the main stage including Whitianga’s Stu Pedley and Leo Magri of Let’s Go Descarrego.
Drawing from long traditions of folk storytelling, their sweet tunes tip their hat to rhythm and blues, Brazilian percussion and New Orleans sounds. 
Around 10 performers will hit the buskers stage, including Keey Fremm, who will also deliver a circus performance down the main street, and a gig at the MonkeyHouse Theatre in the evening. 
Keey enjoys circus arts, is a national award-winning composer and jazz pianist, and has been selected to represent New Zealand this year at London’s Globe Theatre as a composer.
Coromandel’s mix of artisanal food producers will ensure kaimoana, plant-based kai and Lotta Love icecream will join other offerings on the menu.
Festival goers will also be able to familiarise themselves with locally produced nuts, chilli sauce, sea-salt and honey.
Mercury Bay Museum will also hold a celebration during BayJam called Those were the Days, which will be a mix of old-fashioned games, Kauri gum polishing and even an opportunity to make some butter.

See for all BayJam happenings.

DETAILS: January 28, from noon. Taylor’s Mistake Reserve and Whitianga town.