Maori flavour extends to dcor for 2011 Kawhia Kai Festival

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Wow, we remember doing our first promotion of the Kawhia Kai Festival in 2006 – read on to find out about 2011’s festival, ka reka!

Traditional Maori village dcor including fences made from Manuka and a carved Waharoa gateway will add to the unique Maori flavours for the 10,000 visitors expected for the 2011 Kai Festival.

Being held on Saturday, February 5 as part of the nations Waitangi Day celebrations, next years Festival is expecting more than 25 stalls offering traditional Maori food as well as more than 20 displaying traditional Maori arts & crafts such as weaving, carving and tattooing, says Festival organiser Hinga Whiu.

While hangi is always the big favourite, visitors come from all over the country to sample other traditional Maori kai such as Koki (shark liver pate) and Kanga Wai/Pirau (fermented corn), says Mrs. Whiu.

Another hot favourite is fry bread which is a sort of fried donut its not traditional kai but its a more contemporary dish on the Maori menu!

Held on Omiti Reserve by the shores of the tranquil Kawhia Harbour on the west coast of New Zealands North Island, the Festival is a unique celebration of Maori cuisine and is rated by The Lonely Planet Travel Guide as one of the top ten must see Maori experiences for visitors to visit.

In between sampling delicacies such as Toroi (marinated mussels and puha), Creamed Paua and Kina, Inanga (Whitebait patties), Puha and pork spring rolls, and Pawhara (smoked fish and eel), visitors can enjoy a full-day of entertainment from leading New Zealand musicians and kapa haka groups.

Attracting New Zealanders of all ages and backgrounds, the Department of Conservation is once again having a strong presence at the Festival with rare brown Kiwi to view and a strong conservation message about the unique flora and fauna of Aotearoa.

The Festival will open at 9am on Saturday, February 5, with a mihi whakatau welcome and blessing.

Gate entry will be $5 for adults and children over 5, while a family pass for two adults and up to four children will cost $15.

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