But here's a short breakdown of the exciting events of the recent past.
It all started when I was invited as a speaker to the ConversatioNZ conference, an event that was organized to start a conversation about food in New Zealand, in early May. It was a great honour to be a speaker amongst a fantastic lineup of talks by leading New Zealand chefs, food writers, thinkers and artisan producers. The day produced a huge amount of inspiration to the presenters as well as an audience of over 100 attendees. And it truly WAS the beginning of a lot of conversations, many of which are just in the beginning at this stage. But I can already see a lot of synergies as well as collaborations coming out of this. Watch this space...
Also in early May, I was interviewed by Helen Jackson for RadioLIVE's Home & Garden Show about kombucha (here's a link to the RadioLIVE kombucha interview).
In June, we handed out free samples of our kombucha at the Lyttelton Festival of Lights and people could get a first taste of a new flavour we might bottle as a limited edition in the not-too-distant future.
A few weeks later, one of my dreams came true. I got an email. An email from Radio New Zealand National. From the editor of my all-time-favourite radio show "This Way Up". A few emails and phone calls later, I had host Simon Morton (see photo at the top of this post) in our brewery. He's a true legend and it was great recording a show with him. I showed him how kombucha is brewed, made him chew on a little SCOBY and let him pet a big one... It was awesome! After the hard work of recording was done, we settled on some couches and sipped on tea and kombucha.
We had lots of fun recording this interview and you can hear the full audio on the RNZ kombucha page.
As you can see, it's been a busy and exciting time. And it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon!