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Essence of Tairāwhiti is more than a food festival

It's about who we are, what we are, this is our essence of life. It’s about sharing our own experiences of food gathering, about whānau, community, about culture. Feeding our souls with local goodness and preserving our stories.

The festival includes a large array of local growers, producers and entertainment plus educational masterclasses hosted by local chefs including sustainable food practices, celebrity chefs and local artisan winemakers.

Five of the top chefs in Tairāwhiti will showcase 20 dishes highlighting local flavours, boutique beverage producers will talk you through a range of wines, beer and non-alcoholic drinks produced from our land and a line-up of hunters and gatherers will demonstrate how to source and prepare food from the wild. Local musicians will keep things lively while artists create works in front of your eyes.

Get your tickets here.


Event Details

25 February 2023


A&P Showgrounds, Gisborne, New Zealand

Ages: 18+

Essence has an all-inclusive ticket price, ensuring all ticket holders get to experience the true Essence of Tairāwhiti:
  • 20 dishes prepared by top chefs showcasing food sourced from Tairāwhiti
  • Wine, beer and non – alcoholic drinks created from locally grown and gathered products
  • Local live music and entertainment
  • An all-day line-up of cooking demonstrations featuring chefs, hunters and gatherers
  • A boutique retail store full of local products for you to purchase for home
  • Live art demonstrations
  • Local chef competitions
  • Buses to and from the event
  • Lounge area
  • There is also an opportunity to purchase further food, drink and retail products outside of ticket price with cash.


Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: @EssenceOfTairawhiti

Instagram: @EssenceOfTairawhiti