BACKGROUND ... TO THE DAY
The Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival started life in 2003, as the Katikati Funfest.
In 2003 Pakeke Lions Club of Katikati initiated the annual Food and Wine Festival as a means of raising funds for local charities and established the Katikati FunFest Charitable Trust. The first festival was held at the Uretara Domain in January 2004.
Historically the event has been run by 1000's of volunteer hours, amazingly donated to the cause. In 2022 however things will be different. With changes in commitments and focus, the event will now be run as a commercial venture. Don't be concerned, it will still be the fantastic day it has always been.
Grants totaling over $215,000 have been made by the Trust since 2006 to:
Katikati Volunteer Fire Brigade
Order of St John
Katikati Night Owls
Katikati Community Van
Aongatete Outdoor Centre
Lions Cancer Lodge, Hamilton
TECT Helicopter Fund
Katikati Primary School
Katikati Sports and Recreation Club