About Us

A BEEutiful Idea

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The Big Buzz festival is the brain child of two passionate beekeepers, Grass Esposti and Isabella Sullivan.

A language teacher for 25 years in northern Italy with a solid background in education, when Grass Esposti and her husband Anthony moved to NZ, Grass developed a strong interest in beekeeping.

Grass today is a founding member and Secretary of the Warkworth Beekeeprs Society and has created Beetopia NZ Ltd, a unique educational concept which introduces practical beekeeping to those interested in becoming keepers of bees. Grass has also recently launched the NZ Honey Tasting Shed which offers guests the opportunity to savor honey varietals from throughout Aotearoa, plus honey pairings with local produce.

With a New Zealand Masters degree of Arts in Arts Adminitration and a Masters degree of Arts in Arts History from the University of Bologna, Italy, Isabella Sullivan has a strong background in event planning and management having worked for the likes of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and The Auckland Festival of Photography. In 2012 Isabella and her husband David acquired an olive grove in Matakana and relaunched the olive business, brand and distribution of Matakana Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In 2015 Isabella developed a keen interest in beekeeping becoming a beekeeper herself and discovering a lifetime passion which she shares with family and friends.

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