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By DAVID HILL

Rangiora’s HappyHire’s Eats and BeatsĀ event is back for a second year with its wide range of foods and musical beats.

Last year’s event was a roaring success.

Rangiora Promotions event manager Belinda Topp expects Saturday’s repeat performance at Victoria Park will be bigger and better.

“What human doesn’t like food and music, so it’s always going to be a hit with people,” she says.

“This is the second one and it was a huge success last year, and we just want to continue developing and growing it and getting more options for everyone.”

Belinda says the event was so popular last year that several of the food vendors sold out.

There is free entry to the event, which will be held from 4pm to 9pm. Visitors then pay for what they want for dinner from the range of food on offer.

There will be a small licensed area for those who want a beer or wine.

Warm welcome… “Columbina”, played by Nataliye Oryshchuk, shares a moment with Ruby Parker, aged 4, from Woodend, during last year’s festival.

Belinda says there will be five hours of music, with a range of genres from low key jazz to popular classics, with the headline act being Nyree, a popular performer at Christmas in the Park in Christchurch.

A free bus service will be offered from Kaiapoi, passing through Woodend and looping through Rangiora, “so people can take the safe option, especially if they are planning to drink”, Belinda says.

The fairies from Beyond the Fairy Tree will be in attendance to dance with the children and offer face-painting, while there will be fire performers from Highly Flammable in action from 7pm to 9pm.

“Gather your friends, family and colleagues together and come along to taste an enormous variety of food from across the world,” Belinda says.

She says the event caters for a range in ages, from babies to pensioners, with gourmet food markets and craft beer and wine from local producers and from around the world.