About Motueka Kai Fest - connecting community


“Connecting Community – Building Resilience”

The Motueka Kai Fest is an annual signature event to celebrate the food produced in our town Motueka and the surrounding region.

Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community


“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).”

Well known for its apples, pears, kiwifruit, grapes and wineries, hops and brewers, ciders, cherries, boysenberries and other berry crops, herbs, and seafood, 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 Kai Fest Charitable Trust & event organisers – a group of people from across the Motueka community – aim to renew awareness each year and celebrate it through community gathering, the welcoming of visitors, fun, the 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 and cultures in the region are central to the celebration.

The upcoming event will take place on Sunday 28th Feb 2021 at Goodman Reserve next to the Recreation centre. The new & larger location will allow the festival to grow and blossom into an iconic annual event for the Top of the South region. Goodman Reserve also sits opposite the Community Gardens which ties in well with the food resilience part of our theme.

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