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Whakamana Hemp Food Week coming up

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The world's first ever annual Hemp Food Week is kicking off in Christchurch on Monday December 9th and will run until the following Sunday.

The one-week event will focus on promoting hemp as a food, and will see nine local venues and chefs featuring a hemp dish. The final night on Sunday 15th December will be at Whakamana Cannabis Museum (Shand’s on Manchester Street). It will include special guest, Hemp Food King, Cameron Simms, who is coming to Christchurch from Auckland specifically for the event to talk about the dishes and hemp as a food. The chefs will also talk about their dishes and of course there will be hemp food available, live music and non-alcoholic beverages.

Whakamana Hemp Food Week is the brainchild of sustainability entrepreneur, Guido Loeffler, who is excited by the opportunities that hemp offers us.

"Hemp is literally the most useful plant known to humankind - it provides us with a highly nutritious food, the strongest natural fibre, amazing building materials, compostable plastics, and it can actually restore the health of the environment," he says. "When I started thinking of a way to promote hemp and the new Whakamana education institute on Manchester street, I mentioned it to a few chefs who were immediately interested in doing something creative with it in the kitchen."

Loeffler says seven eateries have confirmed to date, outlining their hemp dish. 

Gatherings Honey and hemp seed ice cream tart with fresh thyme

Bacon Brothers Hemp pattie, hemp aoili and hemp brioche burger

Grater Goods Hemp salad

Vesuvio Vegan meatballs with hemp chimichurri

Barefoot Eatery Hemp pattie open sandwich

Barefoot Eatery Hemp super smoothie

Slickburger Hemp burger

Bohemian Bakery Mushroom and hemp pesto sandwich

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