Publish date: 15/03/2018

Rangiora’s premier music and food festival will be back for 2018 after a successful inaugural event last year.

Eats & Beats will take place on Saturday, April 7th at Victoria Park in Rangiora and Event Manager Belinda Topp is promising an even better event this time around.

“Last year was great but we did have all that rain in the lead-up to the event which meant we had to hold the festival in the carpark,” explains Belinda.

“This year we will be in Victoria Park which will allow for a better layout, nice seating areas and overall just a better event.

“We’ve got five hours of live music lined up and some incredible entertainers on board as well as the amazing food which really is from all around the world.”

The event came about in 2017 through a revision of existing events in the region, by Rangiora Promotions’ Association members.

“We realised we didn’t have anything specifically focused on music and food in the Waimakariri region and we wanted to create a nice, classy event that offered good quality food and gourmet market stalls,” says Belinda.

The concept proved a hit, with over 3,000 attendees and 120 participants last year. 

Visit Waimakariri Coordinator Mel Cox attended last year’s event and says it was “fantastic”.

“Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the event last year. It was a lovely, local, quality event that had a great vibe.

“Eats & Beats were a recipient of the Visit Waimakariri Event Fund for their 2018 event. We are really pleased to be supporting this local festival as it ticks all of the Event Fund boxes such as supporting local businesses, bringing visitors in from outside the region and plans to grow and continue in the future.”

Belinda says the intention is to run the event annually with a plan to develop it into a “significant” food and music event.

“The funding from Visit Waimakariri as well as Creative Communities, Pub Charity and Cert will definitely help us to grow and improve this fantastic event each year, supporting businesses in our immediate community and giving local residents an event to be proud of.”