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.
Essence has an all inclusive ticket price, ensuring all ticket holders get to experience the true Essence of Tairāwhiti.
Ticket price includes:
15 - 20 Food tastings
5 Wine, beer and non-alcoholic tastings
Local live music and entertainment
Live art demonstrations
Local chef competitions
All-day cooking demonstrations "Kai to Try"
Buses to and from the event
There is also an opportunity to purchase further food, drink and retail products outside of ticket price with cash.
Essence of Tairāwhiti
Our People - Our Flavours - Our Place