FEASTA! A spectacular celebration of architecture, community & food

Saturday 20 October, 5–11pm

Mollett Street, FREE

Live for one night only

Rain date Sunday 21 October

Full timetable of performances and activities: here

How to get to FEASTA! information: here

Come into the city for FESTA 2018’s headline event to feast on a reimagined Christchurch in the city’s new public spaces with thousands of Cantabrians as well as visitors.

Free and open to all, FEASTA! will fire up your appetites and imaginations with family activities, music, performance, art, imaginative installations, markets, bars, pop-up restaurants and lots of great things to eat and drink.

In collaboration with Creative Director Barnaby Bennett, over 130 design and architecture students from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as NZIA and NZILA Canterbury branch members, have designed and fabricated imaginative and unique installations that explore the themes of the The Future of Food, Public Feasting, Feeding Waitaha Canterbury, Food Markets and Cottage Industries.

Come hungry!

Look out for:

  • A children’s parade of wearable art made from food packaging that will kick things off at 5.15pm (Creative Junk will run workshops in the lead up)
  • An Asian food market called Little Asia
  • Unique bamboo structures for shared dining experiences
  • A demonstration station and speaker’s corner made to look like a reality TV set with models of giant electric hobs and a mammoth coffee pot
  • Weaving their food-related works into the celebration are artists Gaby Montejo, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, Josie Archer & Kosta Bogoievski and the multidisciplinary collaboration Kono for Kai, featuring cultural practitioners Benita Wakefield, Chelita Kahutianui Zainey and Amiria Perez.
  • Kono for Kai: 100 hand woven harakeke kono (small food baskets) filled with native plant seedlings and seeds will be available to the public in exchange for a koha of kai (non-perishable goods only please). All koha received will be gifted to Rehua Marae for distribution to those in need in the community.



Food and drink:

  • A bar of the future, run by Punky Brewster, featuring unusual brews from Aotearoa’s producers (Massey University’s CHOH-Lab installation is the infrastructure for this). They’ve teamed up with Christchurch chef extraordinaire Aleisha McGilligan (formerly Xchange) who will be in her element innovating with food and thinking hard about the place that sustainability and future-proofing has in the future of food.
  • A Waitaha Canterbury bar (the Deja Brew studio from University of South Australia have made infrastructure) featuring locally produced brews: here Punky Brewster will be pouring some of their favourite beers from Beer Baroness (Central Christchurch), Derelict Brewing (near Swananoa), Southpaw Brewing (New Brighton) and The Laboratory (Lincoln). They’ll also have Curiosity Gin, wine from Canterbury winemakers and will be teaming up with local legends Sundog Diner for amazing food sourced from Canterbury suppliers to really show off the fresh vibrant food we have in our area.
  • The Little Asia food market includes: Nora’s Kitchen, Steampunk Laboratory, Malaysia Delights Ltd, Radish and Meet Fresh.
  • Other food and drink vendors include Utopia Ice, The Rolling Om, Prima Roastery, The Empanada Cartel, The Burger Joint, The Vagabond Chefs and Churros Ole.