What's on at the Motueka Kai Fest 2021?

What's On?

Local food stalls & Bar
Great local bands
Circus & Games
Educational initiatives 
family activities
Cook Off Competition

Watch this space for updates !

11:00am Opening Ceremony + Kapa Haka

Entertainment Main stage

We’re excited to bring you some of our best local talent + our overseas (North Island) guests,  Knights of the Dub Table! In between we’ll have MC entertainment and DJ’s. It’s going to be great summer fun!

12.00pm – 1pm  Dust & Gold
1.25pm – 2.40pm  Sun City Soul
3.00pm – 4.30pm  Knights of the Dub Table
4.50pm – 6.20pm  Ricochet

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Entertainment family stage

11:00am – 11:30am   Opening Ceremony + Kapa haka
11:30am – 11:50am    Birdhurst Island Band

12:00am – 12:40am  Tobias Magic Show 
12:40pm – 1:30pm    Kath Bee children’s singer song writer  
1:30pm – 1:50pm      Vanuatu String Band
2:00pm – 2:20pm     EJ Zumba
2:20pm – 2:55pm     Muted (School Band)
2:55pm – 3:15pm      Miah & Co (youth entertainment)
3:15pm – 3:30pm      Dance Motueka
3:35pm – 4:00pm     Nelson Sambassadors
4:10pm – 4:40pm     The Twisty TwinsFirebird Circus Silks finale 
4:45pm – 5:00pm     DJ Paul Taxi

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Nearby you’ll also be entertained by the fabulous The Twisty Twins, Firebird Circus & InsideOut Physical Theatre

Workshops & games

Food Resilience Workshop schedule

12:00pm – 1:00pm Storytelling by The Marvelous Mr. Shapes and his traveling sustainable biodegradable environmentally friendly imaginarium
1:00pm – 2:00pm Food for thought: Argoecology and Aotearoa
2:15pm – 2:45pm Good Food Cities 
3:00pm – 3:45pm Herbal Wild Crafting
4:00pm – 4:45pm  Plant Based Eating for Health  

There will also be a HANDS-ON workshop tent with practical food demonstrations running all day: cheese making, food dehydrating, composting, making food dye, food scrap sauerkraut, plant based cooking demo, etc.

Your find displays around the festival showcasing projects to create a resilient and safe future in our region in where you can meet people who are actively involved in creating a better future. It’s a great opportunity to have a chat and find out what they are doing.

Our young people will share their creative passion, skills and talents. Firebird Circus will be out and about showcasing their circus skills all day and inviting you to play with them, a food quiz and scavenger hunt will entertain kids of all ages as will the giant games. 

Students from the Motueka Steiner school, MOTEC and Appleby schools have been working on some amazing displays to share with you at their stalls. These displays show us what these young people are doing to help support our environment and care for the planet.

If you feel like a little break to enjoy your kai and have a chat you’ll find our Relax and Kai area the perfect spot. Here you will also find the healing space to get a massage!

Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community
Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community
Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community

Food & Produce stalls

Motueka Kai Fest celebrates our region, its environment and abundance of food. Kai Fest 2021 puts a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce. It is our aim to create public awareness of the great things local people do to contribute in making our region more unique and resilient. Come and savour the flavours of our fabulous region!

Motueka Kai Fest - Food & Community


This year the Motueka Kai Fest 2021 will be hosting another fun Local Cook Off! 🎉🎉🎉 It’s set to be some great entertainment with lots of laughs and of course some great cooking skills!

1:00pm – 2:00pm Cooking mastery with 10x mystery local seasonal ingredients

Emma Helleur – Celebrant & MC
Judge – Steve Richards (Jester House)
Judge – Brittney Barber

Kylie Quinn – Kylie’s Coffee & Food (The 4 Hundies on High)
Emz Baird-Booth – Repco (The 4 Hundies on High)
Shinade Hamilton – Motueka graze (The Laughing Sisters)
Tui Cook – Motueka graze (The Laughing Sisters)
Luke Jones (The Salmony Chicken Crew)
Jordy McClenaghan (The Salmony Chicken Crew)

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