Every Saturday morning there is a Farmer’s market in central Auckland. It’s a small, but perfectly formed, affair. Fresh veggies and herbs, cupcakes, cheeses, flowers, just-baked bread, crepes and Kiwi mussel fritters (when in season). The bacon butties are world class.
I’m a suburb dweller but happened to be in the city on a recent Saturday that also happened to be the opening day of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
The market is held in a closed off street behind the Britomart Transport Centre and right next to Tukatai Square where a Fan Zone has been set up. It looks just like a village green with its own miniature grandstand and lush green wicket. This is where cricket fans can wave their flags and be one-eyed about their team’s chances of winning the tournament.
It was just a coincidence that we arrived to hear a Māori blessing and some words from Auckland’s mayor to open the Fan Zone before the first match between New Zealand’s Black Caps and Sri Lanka. Volunteers were handing out Danish pastries and coffee vouchers courtesy of the Auckland City Council (nice touch, thank you!). The small crowd of cricket fans who had arrived early to book a beanbag in a prime spot in front of the big screen were happy. We grabbed our free coffees and bacon butties and sat revelling in the sunshine, the anticipation and our good luck at being in the right place at the right time.
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