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Whitireia’s multi-cultural food fair at Kapiti showed flair

Dec 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Article, News

PICTURES: Top: Kerryn Song, Lower Hutt, performs a Wei ethnic dance in a Sichuan costume. Below, right: Chef Nigel Cox from the Piacere Cafe, Lindale Tourist Centre, cooks his “easy offal” dish.

SUN, crowds, food, singing and dancing – the inaugural Kapiti food fair at Whitiriea’s Lindale campus had it all.

With specialty food from South Africa, Holland, Thailand, Malaysia, Britain, Holland, Germany, Brazil, and performance from local clubs, it was a showcase of the multi-cultural community Kapiti has become.

With the crowd estimated at 5000, many of the stall holders ran out of supplies and had to get more, says one of the organisers, and Whitireia cookery student, Tony Gan. “There was also a fantastic response from the local business community with sponsorship.”

Whitireia chief executive Don Campbell (pictured below, right, watching as Otaki MP Nathan Guy gives an opening speech) paid tribute to the four students who organised the festival: “They have had the courage to undertake their learning in a completely new field.

“They’re all mature adults, had previous careers, they’ve chosen to come to NZ and make it their home.

“This year they’ve not only succeeded in completing their learning in a completely new discipline, but also the year’s study has culminated in managing this project.”

Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan says she will make sure the festival becomes a destination.

“We are the food basket of this region, and that is huge,” she says.

PICTURES: Demonstrations by, left: Mukumi Taiko Drumming Club; below middle: Kapiti Dance Centre Broadway Kids; bottom: Kapiti Rembudan Karate Club.

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  1. Very well written, and the pictures are stunning!

    Tony G

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