18 Mar
18 March 2023

'Rural community is always strong': Connections and fine whisky toasted at Central Districts Field Days

Causes for celebration aren’t hard to find at Central Districts Field Days.

Amid the throngs of people streaming into the agricultural expo at Manfeild on Friday, undeterred by blustery conditions and occasional showers, long associations and an Irish saint were being toasted.

The convergence of Field Days and St Patrick’s Day was a winning arrangement for Kaiapoi Distillery, as many patrons enjoyed a morning tipple.

Manawatū was a good whisky area, with genuine people, said director Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was pouring tasters of 18-year aged, and 12-year aged, single malt whiskies.

Kaiapoi is a small river town south of Christchurch, and Field Days is one of three big events the third-generation family distillery takes part in each year, along WITH Fieldays at Mystery Creek and the Wānaka A&P Show.

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