Nostalgia Fesitval a celebration of local food, drink and music
A young family sits on a hay bale under a blue Canterbury sky, each wearing a sunhat and a smile. Local food is passed between them, widening their smiles as a steam train pulls into the station at Ferrymead Heritage Park, packed with punters sipping on craft beer and cocktails.
The backdrop of the Port Hills reminds all at Nostalgia Festival they are in Christchurch, fast becoming one of the city's favoured festivals.
Attendance is capped every year at a manageable level, meaning the streets were busy but not crowded and lines for food and toilets were minimal.
Around 3500 people descended on Ferrymead Heritage Park on Saturday, eager to enjoy the food and drink on offer from various local stall holders.
The festival, in its fourth year, emphasises fresh ingredients, unique tastes and eco-friendliness. At one stall, Japanese-style fried chicken with a slaw salad was a hit, served in recyclable cardboard trays, while cocktails including a pine-accented Christmas-themed number attracted many a thirsty patron, sipping from their reusable cup.
There was even a pig available to feed food scraps to, with strict rules around no meat and only organic scraps to be turfed over the low fence.
Under the shade of mature trees, curios from mugs to old records to framed prints depicting settler-age Lyttelton were for sale. Nearby, a man with a long white beard dodged a vintage tram trundling along tramlines.
Two stages at each end of the park kept the crowds grooving. On the main stage, Liam Finn and his high-energy performance stole the show. During an intimate moment, Finn climbed from the stage to join a kneeling crowd, encouraged to slowly rise "like a small flower blooming" as the song built in intensity.
An earlier performance from Nadia Reid, with her smooth vocals and colourful tales, mesmerised all who saw it. Lawrence Arabia was also a hit, his catchy tunes drawing people from across the venue. At the back of the crowd, picnic blankets were laid out in a rose garden as face-painted kids mimicked their parents' dance moves.