Posted on Sep 29, 2019
Taste Waikato — Cambridge Rotary’s Cookbook — raised over $33,000 during the 2108/19 financial year.
Thanks to all those involved in helping make it such a success. The funds were distributed to various community projects.
During the year the Taste Waikato team has been busy selling at different venues such as the Rotary Conference in March; Feast Waikato in April; bookstores for Mother’s Day; the airport bookstore; Waikato Food Show; Southwell School: and Cambridge High School. 
At present, St Peter’s is fundraising for an upcoming overseas trip. And Ian Grant has offered to sell at the Home Show this week.
One of the sponsors Miel Meyer of Meyer cheese has been selling the book at the Fieldays ($600 raised — he gives it all to Rotary). Miel believes the book is a great advertisement for the Waikato.
Paper Plus in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Taupo and Matamata have placed regular orders. However, this does involve checking every month or two to ensure they have sufficient stock.
After the elections, the present mayor of Matamata, Jan Barnes, is going to assist sales by raising money for a local hospital.
We are taking a stand at garden number one at Rotary Cambridge’s Garden Festival in November and at the December Tamahere Christmas market.
We are also planning stories for the media to publicise the book more widely in the Waikato. Even foodies in Hamilton do not know about the book.
There are still 2000 books to sell. Remember, every sale is 100 per cent profit which goes to the community. With Christmas looming we hope that you will all continue to help sales by either buying for friends, business colleagues or staff, or encouraging companies to buy for their staff or clients.
Jan Bilton