A Taste of Matarangi festival committee have made the tough decision to cancel the iconic event for 2021.
With continued Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings and events and the uncertainty of how long these will last the festival committee have reluctantly decided to cancel the popular festival for 2021.
Decision to cancel required early
It takes the volunteer committee at least seven months of planning and preparation for the festival which is why an early decision about next year was required.
The world is facing extraordinary challenges right now and those opportunities to gather and connect as a community are very precious. We are hugely proud of the event but there is a very real possibility that we may be unable to host this event in 2021 within the restrictions or potential changes around public events. Our festival committee have found this an extremely difficult decision to make knowing that it will be a huge disappointment to everyone involved.
A Taste of Matarangi Festival Coordinator, Bronwyn Ririnui.
The festival committee acknowledge the local community and feel for the local business community who will be impacted by this cancellation. The committee are supported by many local sponsors, artists, stall vendors, volunteers and community groups whose support has enabled them to deliver this very successful event each year.
We would like our loyal and passionate audiences to know that when we come through the challenges of Covid-19 we will once again be ready to come together as a community. We will celebrate another festival with you, when the time is right and thank you for your support and understanding!
A Taste of Matarangi Festival Committee
The festival is organised and run by a dedicated volunteer committee and was first held in 2013 on the Village Green in Matarangi. It attracts thousands of attendees with its village beachside vibe, great music, local food, craft beers and wine.
Since its inception the festival has raised over $90,000 through its fundraising and donations to benefit local charity groups including Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue and Coromandel Rescue Helicopter.
The committee had to cancel the April 2020 festival due to Covid-19 Level four lockdown restrictions.