The Fair exists to showcase New Zealand packaged food & beverage, other related F&B products and the united nations of ready to eat food, in Kapiti. This is accompanied by a Celebrity Guest, demonstration kitchen, entertainment programme and a kids’ zone which means we are a destination event for a variety of visitors & foodies to enjoy.
Kapiti Food Fair is privately owned and operated in partnership by Helene Judge and Jeanine van Kradenburg. #EveryoneIsWelcome #SomethingForEveryone #KapitiFoodFair
To be an iconic F&B pop-up extravaganza that makes a lasting impression in the minds and bodies of all foodies.
To be a fun and tasty day out for all foodies that fills your life with good friends, good times and good food
Professional | Integrity | Fun | Connected | Engaged | Healthy | Hygienic
Be sustainable in terms of finances, social connections and environmental footprint.
Be an integrated community-based event that is attractive to out-of-town visitors.
Be lean and productive in our operations behind the scenes.
Have an eye and ear to the future when it comes to seeking and responding to opportunities.
In 2016, the Fair hit the Top 20 NZ Food Festival List which is super exciting, motivating and supportive of our growth strategy >>
We believe the Kapiti Coast is an ideal location to host a food related event that attracts vendors from all around New Zealand. This is evident in our growth over the last six years with 80 sites in 2012 to 211 in 2018. The Mazengarb Reserve is proving to be an ideal location and it can handle growth for the future and meets event logistical needs.
The Kapiti Food Fair attracts local and regional visitors each year. Visitor attendance in 2014 achieved 5,515 and 20,000+ in 2018. The Fair has been supported by the Kapiti Mayor Events Fund since 2016 and we hope for this to continue to help with our marketing to achieve sustainable growth.
Positioning of the Fair continues to align itself to run the day before the popular Thorndon Fair in Wellington. There are many vendors that are influenced to attend particularly if they are from out of the region and they are registered to be at the Thorndon Fair the following day.
The Fair continues to have aspirations to do what Martinborough has done for the art & craft industry in New Zealand, being, an iconic and enduring annual destination event that draws vendors, and visitors to a memorable event that provides a significant economic contribution to the region.
The Fair has been fortunate to receive contestable funding for a three-year period from Kapiti Coast District Council to support its regional marketing and growth strategy. Funding commenced in 2016 and it will continue through to 2021 thanks to the Kapiti Major Events Fund.
The Fair is a commercial event however we have a social agenda too........
The Fair owners work hard to support the Kapiti Rotary Charitable Trust and No 49 Squadron Air Cadets by contracting their services to help run key logistics like setting-up and packing-up, parking, gate entry, the ATM and waste management.