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For Eat Drink Love Ponsonby, Barfoot & Thompson has stepped up to take the role of lead sponsor for this month-long ‘showcase of signature menus and special

Tim Irvine, Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby branch manager, says making the decision to support the festival was an easy one.

“Like all businesses, we get many requests for sponsorship. What made us say yes to Eat Drink Love Ponsonby was that this is a celebration of one of the outstanding features of our neighbourhood, the many amazing cafés, bars and restaurants along and around Ponsonby Road. The festival reminds those of us who live and work here, and the wider Auckland community, just how diverse and exciting our local hospitality scene is.”

“For us, the partnership with Eat Drink Love Ponsonby is also about acknowledging our deep roots in this part of Auckland. We opened our first office here in 1953 and over the last 60 plus years, we’ve been a part of the life of this colourful and sought-after suburb.”

Tim started working for Barfoot & Thompson in 1997 and became manager of the Ponsonby branch in 2011.

“It’s been a privilege for me to become a part of this community. From a real estate point of view, this area has so much to offer. The choice of a range of housing in close proximity to the CBD, from gracious old villas to sophisticated apartment complexes, and everything in between, is very appealing. Then you add to that a unique restaurant, bar and café culture, boutique retail, and a high degree of walkability. Given all these factors, the popularity of Ponsonby, and neighbouring Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Freemans Bay, is easy to understand.”

Tim says his team will be making the most of what Eat Drink Love Ponsonby has on offer over its 54 venues.

“We all have our favourite places in the neighbourhood, so we will be checking out what they’ve got on. But the festival is also a reminder to try out some of the places that we don’t know so well and enjoy the ‘limited time only’pop-ups. We’re also excited to see the Michelin-star chefs and young innovators that are joining in from overseas. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their skills and for us to get an insight into food and drink trends from offshore that may be coming our way.”

The Barfoot & Thompson team also acknowledge the other sponsors that have come on board to make Eat Drink Love Ponsonby happen.

“This is a real community effort, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

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