Ashburton’s ethnic celebration Multi Cultural Bite on February 6 has a change of venue this year, with the Ashburton domain set to host the popular event.
It will be held at the corner of Walnut Avenue and West Street, close to the domain paddling pool and playground, from 10am until 2pm.
It will be followed by Waitangi Day at the Pa, at Hakatere Marae, from 3pm.
Multi Cultural Bite is an award-winning festival that provides an opportunity for different ethnic groups within the community to showcase their culture. This year will be the 12th running of the popular event.
Performing arts, interactive children’s activities and ethnic food stalls, selling bite-sized portions of their typical national dishes, will operate throughout the day.
Organisers are encouraging the community to continue celebrating the day at Hakatere Marae, where there will be food, waiata (songs), games, bouncy castles and other family-oriented activities.
Multi Cultural Bite trustee Selwyn Price said food stalls would be organised in regional groups with a centralised stage that encouraged the notion of a virtual tour of the world through food.
There would be a street market feel to things and stallholders were encouraged to take to the stage.
Other local cultural groups were also lined up to perform.
Mr Price said the domain was an ideal venue that offered more space to spread out than the usual site on East Street.
He and his fellow trustees were looking forward to Bite and the event at the marae, which would help commemorate and celebrate New Zealand’s national day and its bi-cultural foundations.
The public is encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs and to enjoy the food and performances on offer on the day.