FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture kicks off this weekend

Christchurch’s Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) kicks off on Friday, bringing more than 50 events to the city centre.

FESTA is a local event bringing together architectural installations and eating experiences. 

For your guide to what to do while FESTA is on take a look at these highlights:

Headline Event: FEASTA!, 5–11pm, Sat 20 Oct:                              Mollett Street, FREE, Live for one night only. 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. Rain date Sunday 21 October. For more information, visit here.

‘Ladies, a plate?’, Mon 22 Oct from 12:30-2pm, Space Academy   Join food historian Dr Joanna Cobley, Adjunct Senior Fellow, History, and Kākano Cafe founder and director Jade Temepara as they discuss the myths and legends behind the somewhat peculiar term ‘Ladies, a plate’ – past and present – in this session hosted by Dr Erin Harrington. Ingredients, technology, and the role of food in identity and culture will all be thrown in the mix. Free event

Waste to Taste: Repurposed Free Food, 9am–4pm, Fri 19 Oct:   How can surplus, waste and empty space become a source of free food? Kairos Free Store redistributes surplus food from cafes and eateries to those who need it.  When you combine hungry people in the community, quality food that is otherwise wasted and passionate people who want to make a difference – something beautiful is bound to happen.

Biking Bee Adventure, 10am–1pm, Sun 21 Oct:    On Sunday, Ōtākaro Orchard is running a Biking Bee Adventure, exploring various food production locations in the city. Starting 10am at The Commons on Kilmore St, the tour aims to showcase the importance of pollinators, including bees, to our ecosystem, and help create pollinator-safe infrastructure. The trip ends at New Brighton Community Gardens, on Shaw Ave.

Closing night event: From Seed to Palate, 6–10pm, Mon 22 Oct: The festival will close with the screening of SEED: The Untold Story, a film about where food comes from and how food production is changing. In association with the Food Resilience Network, Southern Seed Exchange, the film will screen on the Ilex Cafe lawn, in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, at 8.30pm on Monday October 22. For the little ones, Wall-E will screen at 6.15pm.

For a full list of the events on this weekend, go to their website>