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Kawhia Traditional Maori Kai Festival


The Kawhia traditional Maori kai festival is Kawhia's biggest day. A genuine taste experience of Traditional Maori Kai from the sea and the land...Thousands of visitors flock to Kawhia every year for the annual food festival on Waitangi weekend in early february.

The next Kawhia Traditional Maori kai (food) festival will be on Saturday Feb 6th, 2010.

Its an awesome day, full of cultural activities and a huge tasty array of delicious, mouth-watering, traditional and modern Maori kai.

The band keeps the large crowds entertained, while the stall-holders cook up a storm in their undercover shelters. Occasionally Maori kapa-haka groups gather on stage to give an arousing performance, that pulls the mass of visitors from the food stalls and sends a shiver of excitement through the audience.

Multitudes of kids throng to the wharf and beach a few metre's away to cool off in the tide and a harbour, while a cruise vessel journeys up and down the harbour, taking people on history cruises.

For many Tainui people, the Kawhia kai festival has become a day for renewing ties with whanau & friends, while re-connecting with their spiritual homeland.

For others, it's an opportunity to participate in a friendly Maori experience.

A lot of praise has to be directed towards the organisers who do an enormous job in managing the annual events....Bring on the Maori festival!!!

And check this out. A video taken on the day of the Kawhia Traditional Maori kai festival.

Naumai Haere mai ki Kawhia Moana


Recommended Maori Kai Books:


From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen: New Zealand's Culinary Traditions and Cookbooks

From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen: New Zealand's Culinary Traditions and Cookbooks

n the past two decades, cuisine and culinary history have attracted increasing attention, with both popular and academic books reflecting the growth of interest. Recipes are both sensitive markers of the socioeconomic conditions of their times and written representations of a culture's culinary repertoire yet, despite the vast number of cookbooks that survive, they have not been the primary focus of research projects. Acknowledgement of their potential contribution to our understanding of culinary history has been slow. This book is a first in its field...read more


Kai Time: Tasty Modern Maori Food

Kai Time: Tasty Modern Maori Food

Drawing from the abundant fare that the New Zealand land and sea have to offer, charismatic Maori chef and television personality Peter Peeti shares his culinary knowledge and favourite recipes in this wonderful book. Based on the popular show on Maori TV, Kai Time on the Road (now in its sixth season), Peeti reveals not just a flair for cooking but also his passion for hunting, fishing and procuring ingredients direct from the source. Including such delectable dishes as: Eel and Whitebait Omelette; Venison with Blackberry Jus, Kumara and Potato Rosti and Pikopiko; and Roast Garlic and Thyme Prawns on Coconut Jasmine Rice, Peeti redefines Maori cuisine by blending traditional Maori ingredients and practices with the many modern culinary styles of New Zealand...read more