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Kai Fest team offer educational food workshops

March 11th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Planners of the Motueka Kai Fest, in conjunction with the team from Our Kai Motueka, have unveiled a program of educational workshops, tours and seminars for the week prior to the April 9th celebration.

These "edge events" will include a broad range of topics such as Bokashi and probiotic gardening, making Sauerkraut, beekeeping for beginners, mozzarella making for youth, and decorating cupcakes.

The Kai Fest was always intended to be not only a festival to celebrate local food, but also an opportunity for people to learn more about growing it, preparing it and getting the most out of it, says planning team leader Petra Stephenson.

"The Sunday event at Decks Reserve will be all about drama and pageantry, music, games and a multitude of stalls, especially food stalls.

"But during the seven days before the festival, locals as well as visitors will be able to pick from more than a dozen interesting workshops, many of them hands-on learning experiences.

"Many of us here don't fully appreciate how lucky we are in this part of the world, how important local food production and quality food is, and how much the future of our town depends on a thriving and evolving food production sector.

"Schools are already learning more about local food as part of their preparations for the Kai Fest pageant. We adults also have lots to learn about old and new ideas around food," says Petra.

The edge events have been planned and prepared by the local food resilience group, Our Kai Motueka. Most of the events carry a small charge to cover costs. View the programme details here.

People intending to take part should register at the Motueka i-Site (cash only) or by emailing and online payment.

The full program of events planned so far can be viewed on the Kai Fest website,, or in a folder at the library, i-Site and Community House. Please keep checking for updates, as new workshops get added.

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