Sarau Blackcurrant Festival 2015

Come rain or shine, Blackcurrants are to be celebrated!

We survived a very rainy Sarau Blackcurrant Festival in Upper Moutere earlier this month but were in fine company with blackcurrant-lovers from far and wide who came to celebrate the end of the season.

Blackcurrants, hailed as a superfruit for all its rich health qualities, are harvested in New Zealand from late December through to the end of January.

Sampling at the Sarau Blackcurrant FestivalDespite a rainy day, Barker’s of Geraldine served hundreds of thirsty, and at times rather wet, visitors. Our Barker’s Blackcurrant fruit preserve atop pikelets were well received as with shots of NZ Unsweetened Blackcurrant juice, washed down with a Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant!

We were delighted to be able to help judge the Blackcurrant Baking competition too. Wow, talk about creative foodies! From a tasty Blackcurrant and Orange Pie in the Children’s Category, to a decadent Blackcurrant Champagne Jelly in Open Category, stand outs also included Blackcurrant Meringue, Blackcurrant & Thyme Balsamic Vinegar and Blackcurrant & Berry Cider.

The day included live bands and entertainment on several stages, an eclectic assortment of food and craft stalls, bars and even the Motueka Pipe Band. It is a great local event and we were delighted to be able to share it, yet again, raindrops and all!

Proudly, Barker’s blackcurrants are grown and squeezed here in New Zealand.

If you are in the upper South Island early next year, do check out the Sarau Festival official website for upcoming dates.