Company of Strangers
“I’ve always been a maker” explains Sara Munro of Company of Strangers as she muses over her first forays into arts and design: doing needlepoint with her grandmother and selling pots she had painted in the Octagon.
The Baker on Ings Makes Marvellous Things
What’s at the bottom of your garden? A swing set? Fairies? A fence? Whatever it is, I’m betting it’s not a tiny bakery inside an old Ritchies coach house and the reason why every Thursday morning for the last 2 weeks the residents of Ings Ave St Clair have woken to the most delicious aroma. Following their noses, they roll out of bed – mavens without makeup, mummies in puffas pushing prams – and float on an inversion layer of cookie vapor towards number 4, where Pied Caker Victoria Madison has been up all night preparing piles of pies and pastries inside the Coach House Bakery.
To the Dispensary and Beyond! - Antidote
The minute I walk into antidote in the Meridian I’m handed a free zinc test (I’m low, of course, which is probably why I have the sniffles). This is a place about prevention as well cure, education and dealing in honest advice. Not just a place to come when you’re sick, instead of a sticking plaster for ailments, antidote are much more interested in finding something to prevent it happening again in the future.
Dunedin Midwinter Carnival - Juliet Novena Sorrel
It’s the end of an era, and you don’t see many of those. Not only will this be the last year the mid-winter carnival will circle the Octagon, it will be the last with Artistic Director Juliet Novena Sorrel’s hand on the tiller. Stepping down after 18 years, she has seen the audience for what started as a small solstice ritual involving giant puppets and dancers with masks walking around the octagon anti-clockwise, quickly get too big for its boots in a good way: literally doubling every year, growing from 500 to 15,000 people in the last 15 years.
A Bagel a Day Keeps Dr McCoy Away
Since its inception in 2014 as a small Otago Farmers Market food stall, Beam Me Up Bagels has filled a bagel-shaped hole in Dunedin hearts ever since. Born through a love of home brewing, breadmaking and all things malty, this husband and wife team admit they really started making bagels because “we just wanted to eat them.” A traditional Jewish comfort food, bagels have long been conspicuous by their absence in vegemite-on-toast New Zealand, because they are cool and we weren’t.