Essence of Tairawhiti | Our People – Our Flavours – Our Place

. Bayley’s House and Garden area, Gisborne A&P Showgrounds , Gisborne [Ages 18+]

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Early Bird
NZ$ 169 (excl. Fees)
General Admission
NZ$ 189 (excl. Fees)

Essence is an experience, iconic to Tairāwhiti. Feeding our guests souls with local goodness, sharing the rich culture of our region and telling stories of gathering and preparing food traditionally. The festival experience will include a large array of local growers, producers and entertainment plus educational masterclasses and demonstrations hosted by local chefs, hunters, gatherers and 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.


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


Essence of Tairāwhiti

Our People - Our Flavours - Our Place




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