Motueka Kai Fest

Sunday, April 8th 2018

10am - 3pm

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 (food).

Next year's event will take place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018, from 10am to 3pm on Decks Reserve in the centre of town. Based on past experience, over 100 food, general and community stalls are expected be operating.

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.

And next year 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.

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.

A large crowd may mean it's hard to get a car park in any streets near Decks Reserve, so a FREE bus service will be circulating between the venue and the Recreation Centre where plenty of parking is available.

The bus will go around a route from Decks Reserve, down High Street to Old Wharf Road and the Rec Centre, then up Thorp Street to Greenwood Street and Wallace Street. Look out for the Kai Fest banners decorating it.

Edge events: In the week leading up to the Sunday festival day, the community group Our Kai Motueka hosts 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.

Contact us: To find out more about preparations for the event, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to our Facebook page, "Motueka Kai Fest".

Sponsors and Supporters: We gratefully acknowledge the organisations that have contributed financially to the creation and running of this event. A list of sponsors and supporters will be provided closer to the cay.

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.

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