Picture gallery: Maori meets Morris at the Radwinter Hangi-Hog

10:09 15 May 2014




The Tour de France will not be the only thing making history in Radwinter this year. The small, but active, village will also be hosting another world first ­(probably), on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.

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Celebrating both New Zealand and English culture, the Radwinter Hangi-Hog will see the Maori and Pacific Island Performers and the Beats of Polynesia performing alongside the Green Dragon Morris in a spectacular show.

As well as this unique ­entertainment there will be a chance to join some cultural dance ­workshops, and an opportunity to sample food from the Maori ‘Hangi’ or the more traditional hog roast.

There will also be a licensed bar serving real ale and, to round off the event, there will be music from local musicians The King Driscolls, Jayson Norris and Hollie Haines.

If you have never tasted food that has been cooked in a pit in the ground, this is your opportunity. The fire will be lit early in the ­morning, the Hangi will be laid in the ground and covered a few hours later, and the food will be ready to be served during the afternoon.

Event co-ordinator Stephen Hargreaves said: “Like many great ideas this one came from a casual chat over a pint of beer.

“We wanted to do something a bit different from our usual fund ­raising events. This one is definitely unique and I am hoping it will capture the imagination and attract lots of people.

“We are very lucky that Wicks Manor has agreed to support the event and supply us with all the meat.”

The event is being held to raise funds for a new pavilion on Radwinter Recreation Ground.

Julie Haines, co-ordinator of the New Pavilion Steering Group, said: “We need to raise £250,000 and have a year-long programme of events, all of which are completely different.

“This one has been a difficult event to market because it’s hard to describe what it is in a few words. We are telling everybody that it is live music, food and entertainment New Zealand-style, and hoping that people will be intrigued enough to come.”

The event starts at 2pm, with Maori and cultural dance ­workshops that are free to join, between 2.30-3.30pm. The Hangi will be lifted at 3pm (tickets for the food can be purchased from the bar).

The performances which include a haka, from the Maori and Pacific Island Performers, Beats of Polynesia and The Green Dragon Morris will start at 4pm. Live music and hog roast from 6pm.

It will be held at South View, Maple Lane between Radwinter and Wimbish.

TIckets are £5. Call 07855 507844 or e-mail hargreaves_sj@btinternet.com

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