Foodies Rejoice! There’s a Festival that Hasn’t Been Cancelled!

Planned for April, the event programme for the inaugural Flavours of Plenty Festival has been released. The highly anticipated festival incorporates 19 distinctive culinary activities that will be held across the Coastal Bay of Plenty April 7-10.

Festival events include degustations, hands-on workshops, plant-based luncheons, and cheese rolling competitions all provided by local artisans, growers, chefs, and seafood producers.

Well-known pop-up foodie event specialist, Kitchen Takeover, will also deliver a modern day hāngi with Kasey and Kārena Bird, giving participants the opportunity to meet the famous MasterChef winners.

Restaurants will be challenged to create special festival dishes made with ingredients from local producers, such as Solomons Gold Chocolate, Harbourside Macadamias, and Manawa Honey, with the results being judged by a panel of experts.

Festival Director, Rae Baker, said the Covid-19 policy that’s being applied to each event is robust.

“We have worked with event partners to ensure red traffic light requirements can be adhered to, keeping people as safe as possible, and we’re satisfied that we can run the festival at all levels of the current Covid-19 Protection Framework.

“While we are in red, each event will operate within the 100-person limit, and if we move back into orange by the time the festival takes place in April, we will be able to revert to unlimited event capacities. Events at all levels will require a vaccine pass, with non-vaccinated patrons able to attend the Tauranga Farmers Market and the Mount Mainstreet Urban Market.”

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