The main purpose of the Kai Fest event is to learn about and celebrate as a community the abundant, nutritious foods that are produced in the Motueka and Tasman area. In doing so, we also celebrate the environmental elements we’re surrounded by which make it possible - the fresh air, fertile soil, bountiful clean water and generous sunlight which contribute to the abundant food we reap. We also acknowledge and celebrate the hard working people involved in growing, harvesting and marketing the food of our area, and the community of Motueka which holds us all together.
The Kai Fest runs in parallel with Motueka's popular Sunday Market, both occupying adjacent areas. This provides a huge variety of interesting stalls to browse and products to buy, covering several hectares.
The Kai Fest area, on the reserve green, features up to 100 stalls selling a huge range of local foods, as well as many community stalls displaying and selling food-related products and services. Some of the large food producers, such as Talley's Fisheries, will run demonstrations of their food production technologies throughout the day.
The formal part of the event starts at 11am with a Maori opening and cultural display, and a Pageantry involving pupils from all of our local schools parading around Decks Reserve, in the heart of Motueka. Students will be dressed in the fantastic costumes they’ve created, highlighting the element (fire, water, air or earth) and food they have chosen to represent.
A programme of live music by local musicians from two staging areas add to the festivities. There will also be family games to play, a bouncy castle challenge course, and other facilities for kids.
Throughout the festival we hope to showcase different ethnic groups offering their delicious cuisine, alongside local food stalls, while community groups and individuals will offer educational activities and information on a diverse range of topics related to our harvest.
Our Kai Motueka, the food resilience group, is organising educational events in the week after the Kai Fest up to Saturday 14th April. There will be talks and workshops on a wide range of topics, from bee keeping, propagating, cheese and sauerkraut making, garden planning… Please check out for updates and booking information on www.motuekakaifest.nz
So come and stay for a week in our lovely area and learn new skills in the process. We look forward to creating this event and hope to see you there.
Overnight parking has been made available at the local Motueka Rugby Park - entrance is at the end of Manoy Street, right in town.
Arrival is anytime after 4pm on Saturday the 7th of April. There are workshops throughout the week until departure from the site by Sunday the 15th of April. Come and experience some friendly Motueka hospitality!
Cost is $10 per vehicle for one night, multiple nights: $8pv/pn. To book your site, and for general enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pets ok, must be on a lead. Toilets will be open from 8am to 8pm.