Doubtless Bay bade farewell to summer on Saturday with the Mangonui Waterfront Festival, a celebration of all things Far North from wine and food to music, art and shows of strength. Local bands entertained while the crowds tucked into Thai, South African, Mexican and Kiwi treats; on the boardwalk, testosterone-charged festival-goers flexed their muscles in the tug of war, and on the water the Kerikeri Cowboys cleaned up in the paddleboard relay race. One of the festival's surprises was seeing Mayor Wayne Brown display hitherto unknown musical talent in the Hangi Stones, Mangonui's ukulele ensemble. Last year's inaugural festival drew 2000 people and proved such a success Doubtless Bay Promotions resolved to make it an annual event.
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