It’s raised 10’s of thousands of dollars for charity during the past eight years and, now in its ninth year, the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association is hoping the Arrowtown Long Lunch will raise more than $10,000 for community projects and events this month (December 6).
The association took over ownership of the popular event last year and was able to distribute $11,000 raised to two important Arrowtown projects – Predator Free Arrowtown and the Arrowtown Charitable Trust’s heritage lighting project.
This year, talented and well-known Arrowtown artists Graeme Brinsley and Mitch Watchorn will both be on hand, capturing the event live on canvas. These paintings will then be auctioned off at the end of the event as part of a live auction.
Last year attracted a capacity crowd of 600, laden with sunscreen and donned in wide-brimmed hats, all lined along a massive table set up along the centre of the town’s main street.
It’s a colourful spectacle for passers-by with waiters running to and fro, usually in the hot sun, as twelve Arrowtown restaurants serve up everything from delicious three to four-course lunches to shared plates. Participants can choose their favourite restaurant for the event with this year’s line-up including Aosta, Bendix Stables, Chop Shop, Fantan, La Rumbla, Mantra, Postmasters, Provisions, Slow Cuts, Terra Mia and the Fork & Tap and the New Orleans Hotel. Chard Farm has been supplying the wines since day one and is joined by Gibbston Valley Wines serving bubbles and Emerson’s and Cargo taking care of the beers.
Tickets often sell out well ahead of the event and this year is expected to be no exception.
Association manager Sue Patterson says proceeds from this year’s Long Lunch will go toward the likes of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival, tree planting trails, the Police Hut restoration project, Arrowtown Creative Arts Society and more money will go to the Arrowtown Charitable Trust’s heritage lighting project.