Fun and food at Kai Festival

21:38, Jan 29 2014
Kai Time
KAI TIME: Charvel Takimoana, left, Sophia Austin, Graham Austin and Kassianna Hemi prepare a hot ham sandwich stall at last year's International Kai Festival at Whakatu Marae.

Food from around the world will be served at Whakatu Marae and Founders Heritage Park to bring cultures together and celebrate Waitangi Day.

The festival is hosted by the marae and Founders who work closely with with local families in the community

Nelson City Councils community services committee chair Pete Rainey says Kai Fest is a natural mix of food, celebration and a mingling of cultures on New Zealand's day.

A line up of Nelson's own cultural groups will perform, including Whatukura Kapa Haka club, Samba de Sol, Tongan Song and Dance, Algeria Beat and the Chin Choir.

A pōwhiri on Whakatū Marae at 11.00am on Atawhai Drive, is an invitation to all of the community to be officially welcomed onto their Marae.

Following the event a great variety of international foods will be on offer. The stalls will be selling small portions of food priced at $3.00 or $6.00 to encourage people to try a range of food. Entry to the event is a gold coin donation at the windmill of Founders Heritage Park, or at the Marae in time for the pōwhiri.

The city council is offering a free looping bus service to and from the event. A free SBL bus service is available at all the main stops from Stoke to Founders Heritage Park between 10am and 4pm.

Buses leave Stoke from 10am outside Countdown, via Tahunanui to Founders on the hour. The same bus leaves Founders to Stoke, via Waimea Road, on the half hour.