Motueka Kai Fest | Connecting community - Building resilience
Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community


sadly, DUE to ThE LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS imposed ON FEB 28 2021, we were unable to go ahead with thE 2021 Festival.

We'll be Back in 2022

We will be back, refreshed and renewed, in 2022. We thank you all for your support and encouragement!!

It's all About

connecting community

building Resilience

“Motueka Kai Fest’s  mission is to celebrate & promote Motueka as an excellent food growing region, thanks to outstanding water, soil, climate, and people. Our purpose is to bring together our community of many cultures to learn more about, and honour, the one thing which we all have in common – kai (food).”

The Kai Fest Trust is a small  team of dedicated community minded people. Together they hold the flame of Motueka Kai Fest with the purpose of bringing our diverse community together. Made up of  a variety of cultures, young & old, rich & poor and lots of visitors, our colourful community weaves the fabric that makes Motueka.
How do we unify and bring these people all together?
Well, the one thing we all have in common is Kai , and we live in one of the best growing regions in the country. This is the basis of Motueka Kai Fest – to celebrate our outstanding water, soil, climate and people!

What's On?

Family Entertainment

Educational initiatives

This year the Motueka Kai Fest is at a new, big location right next to the Rec Centre in Motueka. You’ll find heaps of things to do – we’ve  got  2 entertainment stages,  lots of kai with local & international flavours, a bar serving locally sourced drinks, great local bands, performances (local Iwi & Circus), games, workshops & educational initiatives and a cook off competition!

10:30am gates open

11:00am Opening Ceremony + Kapa Haka

3:00 PM knights of the Dub Table

What's Pn at the Motueka Kai Fest 2021


Entry: $2 koha

We’re inviting people and community groups to apply for stall space to display and sell their foods and other food-related products.

If your interested in performing, presenting a workshop, volunteering or to find out more about preparations for the event email us at or visit to our Facebook & Instagram pages.

Looking for accommodation? Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park is only 300m to the centre of Motueka for shops, banks, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants.


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A big thank you to our amazing sponsors

This event is made possible by the support of the following business’s and organisations.
We are so lucky to have this support in our community and the opportunity to create this incredibly inclusive community event. With the help of our sponsors w
e strive to keep the festival on a koha entry basis so that everyone and anyone can come and enjoy what Motueka has to celebrate. 

Please support our sponsors, so they can support us to bring you an awesome day out!!

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