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Entertainer and Chef Stephen Wilson, who is well-known for singing while cooking, will be running a French Experience at BOP Garden and Art Festival’s Bloom in the Bay event.

Stephen lived in France for 26 years, co-founding Kiwizine restaurant in Paris. On his return to Tauranga, he set up a food truck and a catering initiative called The Happy Puku, which aims to please your tummy and your taste buds.

From November 15-18, Stephen will have a food truck at the Bloom in the Bay festival, and he’ll also be carrying out cooking demonstrations on stage.

“A lucky table of 10 will also have a chance to sit in the middle of the garden green and experience a three-course meal whilst being waited on by Stephen himself,” says Festival director Marc Anderson.

The three-course meal will be French inspired, with a glass of wine to match each meal and entertainment from the singing chef.

“It’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience to eat lovely French cuisine in the heart of the festival grounds,” adds Marc.

Tickets for the BOP Garden and Arts Festival and Bloom in the Bay are on sale now at:,, by calling: 0800 842 538 or visiting Baycourt.

The French Experience will be run two times a day. Tickets are $75 per person and will need to be pre-booked at:


The Weekend Sun has 10 double passes to the Bloom in the Bay Festival Hub for 10 lucky readers.

Competition Results

Congratulations to our winners, Liz Mason, Sue Andresen, Susie Jayes, Sharon McEnteer, Judy Harris, Deedee Pratt, Daphne Reed, Mirella Veneziano, Jan Duffy & Sam Hill.