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Motueka Kai Fest


Sun 8 Apr 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Decks Reserve, Wallace St, Motueka, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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Motueka Kai Fest is a wonderful signature event held each year during harvest time (autumn) to remind ourselves and tell the world about the great food produced in the Motueka area. And to have a lot of fun!

Motueka grows great food, thanks to outstanding water, soil, climate and people; and the Kai Fest brings together our community of many cultures to learn more about and honour one thing which we all have in common—Kai (the Maori word for food).

As well as the range of food and food-related stalls running throughout the day, the highlight of the event will be the parade and pageant starting at 11 a.m. This is a celebratory, colourful and noisy tribute to the four elements—earth, water, air and fire—performed by children from Motueka area schools, with the assistance of seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands with their unique dances and sounds.

A series of stalls and displays will be set up by the local horticulturists and other leading food industries, showcasing their wares and upcoming innovations.

We invite people and community groups to apply for stall space to display and sell their foods and other food-related products. To date, more than 50 stalls have signed up. To apply, please click on this link and fill in the form online.

Entertainment through the day features a great variety of local musicians and artists. Bands will play from the performance stage, but there will also be buskers and roving entertainers at spots around the reserve.

Related events: In the week following the Sunday festival day, the community group Our Kai Motueka will host a set of workshops, tours and talks aiming to expand our understanding of food.

Motorhome visitors: This family-friendly event is being promoted by the NZ Motor Caravan Association—parking sites for members are available close to the event location.

Well known for its apples, pears, kiwifruit, grapes and wineries, hops and brewers, ciders, boysenberries and other berry crops, herbs, and seafood (the home of Talley's), the Motueka area is one of the most important and productive food basket regions in New Zealand, and the Motueka community is proud to celebrate this.

The event organisers—a group of people from across the Motueka community—aim to renew awareness around harvest time each year of this special part of Motueka life and celebrate it through community gathering, fun, pageantry, sharing of cultures, sampling and learning.

Many people living here do not fully appreciate how lucky we are, how important local food production and quality food is in our changing world, and how much the future of our town depends on a thriving and evolving food production sector. Visitors also are often surprised by how fertile and productive the Motueka District is.

Motueka Kai Fest involves the participation of people from across the whole community as participants, entertainers, artists, food processors, teachers, demonstrators and onlookers. The involvement of schools, community groups, food businesses and producers, and the range of ethnicities (including popular RSE workers) and cultures in the region are central to the celebration.