Feast Matariki 2021

Feast Matariki
Feast Matariki

We are really excited to announce Feast Matariki 2021! Aotearoa’s only national food celebration, it will be an opportunity to bring people around tables to celebrate this special time of year. In 2022 Matariki will become a public holiday, so this is a chance to consider how you will acknowledge something that has been celebrated for centuries in Aotearoa.

This year for Feast Matariki we are encouraging everyone to spend their time and efforts supporting and uplifting Māori food, chefs, hospitality, producers, fishers and Māori food businesses.

For our part we’ll be emerging, promoting and celebrating these people and their stories from June 21st to July 8th.

Our important food stories are a unique reflection of us as people, no matter what our cultural backgrounds. We’ve been working closely with Dr Rāngi Mātāmua, who leads the government’s task force on Matariki and he notes; "Food is an anchor point or pathway to contribute to the celebration of Matariki. It provides a way for whānau & communities to come together to celebrate and connect, making sure that sourcing food connected people with the environment from which it came. We can ensure this is a time to celebrate that connection with our environment.” So get your thinking caps on! Let us know how you’ll be remembering & celebrating with food.

We’re proud to announce that Potatoes NZ, Aquaculture NZ and Anchor Professionals have chosen to lean in and help tell our unique stories. And we’re really excited to announce Stuff.co.nz as our media partner.

We are an extraordinary nation with truly unique food stories. We are not one thing. We are a unique combination of many people, ingredients, places and cultures, grounded in our connection to our land and ocean.

We acknowledge Māori and the perspective they bring to better connect us with this place.

Join us to celebrate!

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