Events

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F.A.W.C! Summer Series Launch Party

F.A.W.C! Summer Series Launch Party. Friday 31st October 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm

The F.A.W.C! Summer Series Launch Party is the show-stopper event that opens F.A.W.C! Audi will once again be backing up its wagons to create the ultimate "Boot Party". The much lauded 2013 Hawke's Bay vintage will be on show (alongside other award winning drops) from thirteen of Hawke’s Bays...

F.A.W.C! Electrolux Kitchen Masterclass Series

F.A.W.C! Electrolux Kitchen Masterclass Series. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join a host of talented chefs in The Century Theatre, MTG Hawke’s Bay as they take to the stage to strut their stuff on the F.A.W.C! Electrolux Kitchen. Watch and learn from stars Ray McVinnie, Julie Biuso, Nici Wickes and Roger Jones, Michelin-starred chef direct from the UK. Brought to you by...

F.A.W.C! The Bread Winner

F.A.W.C! The Bread Winner. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

We all love bread; especially beautiful hand crafted types like baguette and foccacia. Join our very own esteemed “French baker” Moise Cerson for a day of learning his craft. You’ll be mixing, kneading and shaping all kinds of different breads before sitting down to enjoy lunch which will...

F.A.W.C! Art in the Olives Festival

F.A.W.C! Art in the Olives Festival. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Drop into Telegraph Hill Olives for Art in the Olives Festival, a day where you can meet Hawke’s Bay’s local creative talent and some of their works in this unique and picturesque setting. Whilst you’re there, sample some of the finest olives and olive products in the Telegraph Hill tasting...

F.A.W.C! Game On

F.A.W.C! Game On. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

It's game on at Outfoxed, Hawkes Bay's ultimate blokes playground. Adding a little F.A.W.C! fun to the schedule, we invite you to come out and have a spot of shooting. Well three spots in fact on a beautiful coastal farm in Te Awanga. Try your eye with a simulated duck shoot out of a mai mai on...

F.A.W.C! The Winemaker's Long Table Lunch

F.A.W.C! The Winemaker's Long Table Lunch. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Sunday 9th November 2014 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Clearview Estate is one of Hawke’s Bay’s favourite winery restaurants with a long established reputation for superb wines, great food, and a magical setting on the Te Awanga coast that offers views out to Cape Kidnappers and the Pacific Ocean; a perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Take a seat...

F.A.W.C! Expressionism

F.A.W.C! Expressionism. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Pask Winery in conjunction with much awarded Chef Kent Baddeley will be bringing multi-sensory cooking and “food for thought” gastronomy to life in his own stomping ground he lovingly refers to as “Pakowhaishire”. He’s ready to blow your mind and senses through flavours, colours and...

F.A.W.C! Waka Experience: A Voyage into Indigenous Cuisine

F.A.W.C! Waka Experience: A Voyage into Indigenous Cuisine. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Waka Experience invites you to discover the gourmet delicacies, stories and history of Te Matau a Māui – the Hawke’s Bay region. Let your senses be wowed as we take you on a unique culinary and cultural journey across Hawke Bay on board Te Matau a Māui, a traditional Polynesian sailing Waka....

F.A.W.C! Battle of the Bottles

F.A.W.C! Battle of the Bottles. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Rod McDonald and good friend and fellow winemaker Corey Ryan from Sons of Eden in the Barossa Valley are getting together for a tasting with national pride at stake! Who’s better, the Aussies or Kiwis? Comparing a line up of some of their favourite wine varieties head to head, they plan to let...

F.A.W.C! Bosley’s Burger Bar

F.A.W.C! Bosley’s Burger Bar. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Back by popular demand, it’s the Burger Bar of your dreams, and it’s only open for one night. Expect exquisite, easy to eat dishes that pay homage to the Kiwi burger, but operate on a whole new level. The Advintage crew will be serving Champagne and fine wine by the glass at wholesale...

F.A.W.C! Are we the Champions?

F.A.W.C! Are we the Champions?. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday 8th November 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Three Hawke’s Bay, family owned boutique wineries Bush Hawk, Hawkes Ridge and Tukipo River have travelled the world to bring you the best examples of the wine varietals they produce and tonight you’ll be the judge as they pit these wines against the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer. And to make...

F.A.W.C! An Effervescent Affair

F.A.W.C! An Effervescent Affair. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but tonight we set out to prove it’s Champagne! Set in the magnificent Tom McDonald Cellar, Church Road Winemaker Chris Scott will share the art of crafting Champagne and Méthode Traditionelle. Guests will try their hand at disgorging (removing yeast...

F.A.W.C! Mahia St Twilight Market

F.A.W.C! Mahia St Twilight Market. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Mahia St.Kitchen, one of Ahuriri’s newest restaurants is taking you behind the scenes to share the secret of their success; their suppliers. Under their outside pergola, a Twilight Market will showcase a talented mix of eclectic artisans whose produce will be woven into tasty dinner dishes from...

F.A.W.C! Seafood Supper

F.A.W.C! Seafood Supper. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Much lauded and applauded local chef Michael Hannah has a new home at Salt in Ahuriri. And he is doing what he does best with a seafood supper to sing for. Guests will get “hands on” as they dine on an abundance of crayfish, mussels, whole fish and other seafood delights. Beverages and wine...

F.A.W.C! Chefs in Homes with Elephant Hill Estate Winery

F.A.W.C! Chefs in Homes with Elephant Hill Estate Winery. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Chefs in Homes is a series of intimate dinners held in some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest homes. Cuisine New Zealand 2014 “Best Winery Restaurant” Elephant Hill invites you to join them for an exclusive evening at The Lodge, where Executive Chef, Ashley Jones, will prepare a sublime seven course...

F.A.W.C! James Beck in Six Courses

F.A.W.C! James Beck in Six Courses. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday 8th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

The James Beck in Six Courses degustation series is a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy an approachable, affordable degustation from one of Hawke’s Bay’s leading chefs. Applying skills learned in some of Europe’s finest restaurants, James will take you on a culinary experience as he...

F.A.W.C! Vidal tastes of Summer

F.A.W.C! Vidal tastes of Summer. Saturday 1st November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Who doesn’t love summer? Sunshine and blue skies always feel great and tonight summer is the inspiration of a five course dinner at Vidal, Hawke’s Bay’s oldest winery restaurant. Fresh, clean and crisp dishes will be on the menu as the perfect partner to Vidal Legacy and trophy winning...

F.A.W.C! Locavore's Lunch

F.A.W.C! Locavore's Lunch. Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Not to be confused with a locust, also known for its voracious appetite when it comes to local produce, a “Locavore” is a person who attempts to eat only foods grown locally. For the 3rd successful year, host Ray McVinnie returns with his band of merry mystery chefs to do it all again. Each...

F.A.W.C! Vegies vs Vino: Meet Your Match!

F.A.W.C! Vegies vs Vino: Meet Your Match!. Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Break new ground and join acclaimed chef Kent Baddeley on a quest to find the perfect wine/food pairing for a series of exquisite vegetable centred dishes, delivered from the abundant fresh local produce of Hawke’s Bay. Kent’s unique style of agrarian cuisine is renowned for challenging the...

F.A.W.C! A Sense of Place

F.A.W.C! A Sense of Place. Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Go on a journey of discovery with this very special grass roots experience. Guests will be greeted by Te Awa Winemaker Ant Mackenzie and taken on a tour through Scott Lawson’s ‘True Earth Organics’ farm. Scott will discuss the biological approach to growing organics and guests will sample...

F.A.W.C! Vintage Garden Party

F.A.W.C! Vintage Garden Party. Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm

With gorgeous views overlooking the vineyard and city beyond, can you think of a better place to enjoy a vintage High Tea than on the lawn of Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery? Wear your most outrageous summer hat and spend the afternoon sipping Mission Fête bubbles and supping a...

F.A.W.C! White Night

F.A.W.C! White Night. Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Based on the cult dining phenomenon that started in Paris, this will be a seriously special evening. The rules are simple; the location is secret and will be revealed on the morning of the event. Tables will be set in long lines with men on one side and ladies on the other and all diners must be...

F.A.W.C! The Art of Pizza

F.A.W.C! The Art of Pizza. Monday 3rd November 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Paolo Pancotti from Pizza Pazzi is the real deal, originally from Milan and now a Hawke’s Bay local and tonight he will teach you how to make Pizza from inizio to fine (start to finish). Make your dough, tomato sauce and learn the art of a well balanced topping. The class ends with you and your...

F.A.W.C! Wine Lies

F.A.W.C! Wine Lies. Monday 3rd November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Listen very carefully as two of the biggest wine bluffers in the business as they try to convince you they know their vinos. We’ll present them with a selection of local, national or international wines and they’ll give their most earnest explanations of where each is from and what it is....

F.A.W.C! Winemaker Masterclass - Bordeaux

F.A.W.C! Winemaker Masterclass - Bordeaux. Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Geoff Kelly, independent wine writer and reviewer, has been a senior industry wine judge for over 30 years. Wine connoisseurs are in for a very special night as he and Trinity Hill Winemaker Warren Gibson take you through a very special formal blind tasting of ten 2003 Bordeaux wines, including...

F.A.W.C! Soul Kitchen

F.A.W.C! Soul Kitchen  . Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Milk & Honey and the Globe Theatrette come together to deliver a little bit of Hamburg with a very special screening of Soul Kitchen. Fatih Akin’s (Head-On, The Edge Of Heaven) comedy is a gritty, sexy and delicious film about a Hamburg restaurant that turns from greasy food shack into funky food...

F.A.W.C! Bang Bang with Gemco at Guy F.A.W.C!'s

F.A.W.C! Bang Bang with Gemco at Guy F.A.W.C!'s. Wednesday 5th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Around the back of Trinity Hill, a bonafide bonfire will be roaring in the fire pit with the winery team on hand to serve up a glass of Fizz on arrival. The Orton Catering team will be serving up a seriously posh BBQ of locally grown meats, sausages, smoky goodness and swine. As the skies darken,...

F.A.W.C! Chefs in Homes with Trinity Hill

F.A.W.C! Chefs in Homes with Trinity Hill. Wednesday 5th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Chefs in Homes is a series of exclusive, intimate dinners held in some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest houses. Trinity Hill has joined up with acclaimed Relais & Chateaux luxury lodge The Farm at Cape Kidnappers to host an exclusive dinner in the spectacular “Owners Cottage”. Dinner for 8 will be a...

F.A.W.C! Hastings City Night Market: F.A.W.C! Fiesta

F.A.W.C! Hastings City Night Market: F.A.W.C! Fiesta. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Hastings City comes alive with amazing sights, smells and sounds as we celebrate the Food and Wine Classic Summer Series with our very own Hastings City Night Market F.A.W.C! Fiesta. This FREE entry event is the perfect night out for the whole family. Live music and entertainment flows through the...

F.A.W.C! Game of Rhones

F.A.W.C! Game of Rhones. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

No Lannisters here, just Nick Picone, Senior Winemaker for Villa Maria, offering up three Rhone varieties for you to taste. The second half gets technical with a blending competition of those wines with the winning team claiming the Iron Throne (well not really but it sounds good). Lashings of...

F.A.W.C! Gin Palace – Milk and Honey One Night Stand

F.A.W.C! Gin Palace – Milk and Honey One Night Stand. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Rock up to this pop up alleyway bar for the ultimate Gin buffet, hosted by Milk and Honey. Grab your glass and start with the all important ice before moving along to select your preferred garnish; perhaps a twist of air dried lemon peel, an olive or pickled cucumber? Hook up with the barman to...

F.A.W.C! Asia & Aromatics with Nadia Lim

F.A.W.C! Asia & Aromatics with Nadia Lim. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Head out to the perfectly positioned Black Barn “River Room” to join Black Barn Winemaker Dave McKee on a tasting flight of aromatics from Black Barn and abroad. Celebrity Chef and Masterchef 2011 Winner Nadia Lim joins the occasion to offer up delicious Asian infused bites to match the wines....

F.A.W.C! How’s about them Apples?

F.A.W.C! How’s about them Apples?. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Everyone knows there’s nothing better than a fresh, crispy Hawke’s Bay apple, and tonight Francky Godinho demonstrates all the clever ways they can be used as ingredients. Dinner will be a five course gastronomic affair, with each course showcasing a different variety. F.A.W.C! Summer Series...

F.A.W.C! Up Close and Personal Dinner

F.A.W.C! Up Close and Personal Dinner. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Join the Chefs table for a dinner in the opulent Old Church Villa that will please all the senses. Melt into the extravagant surrounds with a welcome drink, taking in the views and fascinating blend of history and modern indulgence. Highly regarded chef Andy Glover will be right there with you in...

F.A.W.C! Winemaker Masterclass - Definitive Syrah

F.A.W.C! Winemaker Masterclass - Definitive Syrah. Thursday 6th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Geoff Kelly, independent wine writer and reviewer, has been a senior industry wine judge for over 30 years and in the last of a two night tasting series he and Trinity Hill Winemaker Warren Gibson will take you through a very special formal blind tasting of ten world class Syrahs. These will...

F.A.W.C! Tempting Tempranillo

F.A.W.C! Tempting Tempranillo. Friday 7th November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Trinity Hill Chief Winemaker, Warren Gibson is renowned for making delicious award winning drops. Play hooky for the day and join him to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Tempranillo. Take a seat at the picnic table set high in the winery hills overlooking the Heretaunga Plains for a casual,...

F.A.W.C! Savour the Sites

F.A.W.C! Savour the Sites. Friday 7th November 2014 - 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Make the most of the gorgeous expansive setting of Mission Estate with a progressive dinner in some of its best secret spots. From picnic blanket to formal table, magical evening vineyard and underground barrel room, no stone will be unturned during this delicious five course, wine matched dinner....

F.A.W.C! Shaken & Stirred with Frankie Walker

F.A.W.C! Shaken & Stirred with Frankie Walker. Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Come on up to the top shelf for a session with Frankie Walker, mixologist, luxury drinks ambassador, and front-man television personality from The Mix. He’s here at the Emporium Eatery and Bar to share some of his own secret cocktail combinations, take you through the basics of what goes with...

F.A.W.C! Land to Sea with Masterchef Duo Karena & Kasey

F.A.W.C! Land to Sea with Masterchef Duo Karena & Kasey. Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Join the 2014 Masterchef winners, Kasey & Karena and Church Road Winemaker Chris Scott for an evening of sensational food and wine. Dine in the stunning Tom McDonald Cellar, starting with delectable canapés followed by a delicious three course wine-matched dinner showcasing the best of Hawke’s...

F.A.W.C! Tall Tales from the River

F.A.W.C! Tall Tales from the River. Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Zepplin Airship "on fire since 1937" marries Led Zeppelin with "a whole lotta love" in this eclectic funky cafe & gallery. Tonight Chef Stuart McGechan is creating a one off gourmet set menu reflecting the bounty available in the rivers of the Clive area. We start with complimentary wine...

F.A.W.C! Winemakers Dinner

F.A.W.C! Winemakers Dinner. Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Chef Michael Hannah and Winemaker extraordinaire Gordon Russell from Esk Valley Wines are joining forces to present a memorable evening of food and wine in the beautiful setting of Te Mata Peak. F.A.W.C! Summer Series runs October 31st-November 9th, giving you ten glorious days to whet your...

F.A.W.C! Sacred Hill: Chardonnay Indulgence

F.A.W.C! Sacred Hill: Chardonnay Indulgence. Friday 7th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

We have scoured our cellars then sought out an array of delicious Burgundies to create an unforgettable experience for Chardonnay lovers, hosted by Senior Winemaker Tony Bish and NZ wine expert Bob Campbell, M.W. Beginning at our famous Rifleman’s Vineyard, we’ll walk this stunning cliff top...

F.A.W.C! Secrets of Pandoras Box

F.A.W.C! Secrets of Pandoras Box. Friday 7th November 2014 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Greek mythological artifact 'Pandora's Box' was infact a beautiful jar presented to Pandora as a wedding gift from Zeus that came with the strict instructions not to open it under any circumstance. Impelled by her curiosity (given to her by the gods), Pandora opened the jar releasing all the...

F.A.W.C! The Wineries Ride 2014

F.A.W.C! The Wineries Ride 2014. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Be at Sileni Estate Winery from 10am armed with your bike, sensible cycling attire, and a saddle bag full of thirsty enthusiasm. Enjoy a little pre-ride hype before setting off on The Wineries Ride where you will weave your way around Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels, enjoying some of Hawke’s...

F.A.W.C! Magical Mushroom Tours

F.A.W.C! Magical Mushroom Tours. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join The Te Mata Mushroom Company for a journey through the dark and secret life of mushrooms. See the full growing process from the creation of compost all the way through to tasting freshly picked mushrooms. Taste a range of yummy mushroom products and BBQ delights cooked by our resident chef...

F.A.W.C! Just Desserts

F.A.W.C! Just Desserts. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Ngatarawa is a highly regarded New Zealand producer of dessert wine. Join senior winemaker, Peter Gough, for a fun presentation and tasting of five glorious stickies from around the world, including a rare tasting of Ngatarawa’s own Noble Riesling. The event includes platters with a selection of...

F.A.W.C! Picnic in the Vines

F.A.W.C! Picnic in the Vines. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 11:30am to 4:00pm

Te Awa is yours for a day at this gourmet picnic extravaganza. Dot down on the lawn or between the vines and soak up some Hawke’s Bay sun as you feast on one of our hampers filled with a local line-up of homemade, homegrown surprises – to be enjoyed over a bottle Left Field Rose or Pinot Gris...

F.A.W.C! Ssshh Secret Location Lunch

F.A.W.C! Ssshh Secret Location Lunch. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 11:45am to 3:30pm

Last year our secret location lunch took guests to a spectacular private location on the banks of the Tuki Tuki River. This year be prepared for a completely different but even more extraordinary location with very limited numbers. (Bit of a hint, dress for a garden party) Martin Bosley will be in...

F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Charity Fine Wine Auction

F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Charity Fine Wine Auction. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm

For the very first time, the esteemed Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Charity Fine Wine Auction appears in the F.A.W.C! programme. Now in its 23rd year, this special charity event entails Hawke’s Bay wineries contributing unique wines and special blends, mostly by the barrel, for auction. All proceeds...

F.A.W.C! Rob Roy Goes Fishing

F.A.W.C! Rob Roy Goes Fishing. Saturday 8th November 2014 - 6:30pm to 11:30pm

Rob Roy goes fishing is a seafood dining experience in the old historic dining room of Balquhidder house, owned by artists in residence Brian & Leanne Culy. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and nibble as you head out to the veranda for a mingle. Tune into the Scottish theme as...

F.A.W.C! #eatdrinkdance

F.A.W.C! #eatdrinkdance. Saturday 8th November 2014 to Sunday 9th November 2014 - 7:30pm to 12:00am
Saturday 8th November 2014 to Sunday 9th November 2014 - 10:00pm to 12:00am

F.G.Smith love an excuse to party so are turning up the tunes for a modern dinner and dance. There’s room for eighty food and music lovers to enjoy a seated, shared multi-course dinner of the tantalising dishes Smiths are renowned for whipping up at their gigs. Buy your preferred tipple at the...

F.A.W.C! Sunday Savour

F.A.W.C! Sunday Savour. Sunday 9th November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Come and experience a fantastic food and wine experience at Elephant Hill, winner of the Cuisine Good Food Guide’s Best Winery Restaurant of 2014. With a sensational setting overlooking the vines, the ocean and the Kidnapper Cliffs we’ll be turning on the very best of Hawke’s Bay food and...

F.A.W.C! Truck Off

F.A.W.C! Truck Off. Sunday 9th November 2014 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Te Awanga Estate is the spot for Sunday Sessions and this one will be no exception. Punters can expect a trucking good food and wine time, with a host of Food Truck vendors parking up to sell their wares. While away the afternoon lounging on the lawn listening to local music and supping the odd...

F.A.W.C! Greek BBQ Under the Vines

F.A.W.C! Greek BBQ Under the Vines. Sunday 9th November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

The Black Barn Team invites you to a relaxed and casual family style lunch in our beautiful bistro courtyard. This summer we are bringing Greece to sunny Hawke’s Bay to compliment our Mediterranean style weather. The chefs will get the BBQ’s out on the lawn to work their magic before your very...

F.A.W.C! Vegestation

F.A.W.C! Vegestation. Sunday 9th November 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Exactly as it sounds, this long table garden party lunch at St.George’s Restaurant is a super duper degustation of entirely vegetarian dishes. Chef Francky Godinho is oh so proud of his garden and will be showcasing his lovingly grown organic produce in this four course degustation lunch....

F.A.W.C! Hair of the Parrot Dog

F.A.W.C! Hair of the Parrot Dog. Sunday 9th November 2014 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Sticking with what they do best, Westshore Beach Inn has drafted another crafty beer brewing co in to whet your whistle. Parrot Dog Brewing is a craft brewing company located in the heart of Wellington, but they are jumping in the car and heading north to Hawke’s Bay to give us a hopping malty...

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