This year Dunedin had two craft beer festivals. Pigalinas like beer. And beer festivals.
We sampled many varieties, ate tasty food and danced to good music. We avoided the beer that, legend has it, was brewed with beard scratchings when the brewer ran out of yeast. There’s experimental and then there’s…
Took the niblings to the Science Festival at the university today. They seemed to enjoy themselves – they made gummy worms; checked out blood under a microscope; touched a human brain and ate Twisties frozen with liquid nitrogen allowing them to breathe “smoke”. I sent them home with periodic tables, they’ll thank me when they’re doctors.
To celebrate the shortest day Dunedin held its annual Midwinter Carnival and lantern festival. The lanterns get bigger every year and this time round the stars were the swan and castle lanterns.
Due to the wind the fireworks were cancelled meaning the new years fireworks should be doubly spectacular.
*Fun fact* Pigalina and two friends, aged 15, attended Dunedin’s first Midwinter festival. We were pictured in the newspaper wearing our mid 90s grunge chic and holding candles. We were then chased down Lower Stuart Street by rogue fireworks. They have since learned their lesson and pay attention to the wind.
Lunch today at the University of Otago International Food Festival on the museum lawn. I rediscovered my love of pineapple pie (Pacific Islands – pictured) and learned that I do not like egg custard tart (Singapore). I also enjoyed Vietnamese spring rolls and chicken soup; as well as a free cup of coffee from the lovely Christian biker gang.
The annual Pigalina pilgrimage to Auckland and The Big Day Out did not disappoint. Sunshine! (actual sunshine, not some obscure band) Snoop Dogg! Pearl Jam! The Lumineers! The 1975! Grouplove! Portugal. The Man (extra points for singing “Dayman” from It’s Always Sunny…) And, the best of the day The Hives. Of you ever get a chance to see The Hives live, do it, you won’t regret it.
As part of the Otago Festival of Arts the Octagon (Dunedin’s town centre) became the Chalktagon! People were invited to draw something as part of a huge collaborative chalk drawing. The Monkey Business monkeys (in the fezzes) turned up too.