About Kapiti Food Fair
The Kapiti Food Fair is owned and operated by Kapiti Business Projects and PartyPerfect Catering. We do this with key supporter, the Kapiti Rotary and numerous other local businesses who choose to sponsor and support this significant Kapiti-based event. The Kapiti Food Fair is a showcase of New Zealand manufactured food & beverage, related F&B products and the united nations of ready to eat food to enjoy on the day. The event is accompanied by a Celebrity Chef and an entertainment programme featuring local performers.
We believe the Kapiti Coast is an ideal location to host a food related event that attracts vendors from all around New Zealand. This is evident in our growth over the last five years with 80 sites in 2012, 103 in 2013, 124 in 2014, 134 in 2015 and 165 in 2016. In 2014 the venue was moved to the Mazengarb Reserve which has proved to be an ideal location for vendors and visitors. It can handle growth for the future and meets event logistical needs.
The Fair continues to have long term aspirations to do what Martinborough has done for the art & craft industry in New Zealand, being, an iconic and enduring annual destination event that draws vendors, and visitors to a memorable event that provides a significant economic contribution to the region.
Positioning of the Fair continues to align itself to run the day before the popular Thorndon Fair in Wellington. There are many vendors that are influenced to attend particularly if they are from out of the region and they are registered to be at the Thorndon Fair the following day.
The Kapiti Food Fair attracts local and regional visitors each year. Visitor attendance in 2014 achieved 5,515, 6,366 in 2015 and 9,228 in 2016. Our continued focus will be to maintain quality vendors and focus on growing visitor attendance, particularly from out-of-town. We are always looking to boost our marketing budget to achieve attendance growth so if this sounds like a fit for your business, contact Helene to discuss the options.
As the Fair is a pre-Christmas event it provides a commercial opportunity for vendors to package their products for visitors to sample, buy gifts or to simply stock-up your pantry at home. Previous Fairs have attracted vendors selling a variety of artisan and commercial food and beverages including chocolate, sweets, jam and condiments, sauces and dressings, dips and pesto, preserves, breads, baking, wines, beer, liqueurs, fruit juices, olive oils, ice cream, coffee, meat, honey, fruit and vegetables and a variety of ethnic foods.
NEXT FAIR: SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017, MAZENGARB RESERVE, PARAPARAUMU, KAPITI
In 2017 the Kapiti Food Fair will be hosting Jax Hamilton, NZ Celebrity Chef.