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Boutique music, food and transitional festival ‘Nostalgia’

Boutique music, food and transitional festival ‘Nostalgia’ coming to Christchurch

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Boutique festival Nostalgia will be livening up the historic Ferrymead Heritage Park with music, a craft market and even a pop up barber on Saturday 1 March 2014. Celebrating all things local, sustainable and transitional, Nostalgia is the hot ticket for summer and offers the opportunity to discover some of Christchurch’s best creative and culinary initiatives.

The event will be packed with things to see and do all afternoon long. Local buskers, a craft market, performance artists and a pop up barber will be nestled around the water’s edge and hiding in the bushes next to food and drink stalls. 

Ferrymead Heritage Park’s tram will be in operation throughout the duration of the festival so ticket holders can explore the famous park or just kick back, relax and enjoy the music line-up which includes Auckland ten piece rhythm and blues band Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes, Mara TK and Aaron Tokona, Delaney Davidson and Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers.

The local and fresh food on offer includes pizzas made with love by Alex and Martine from A Local Food Project, fresh smoked salmon, boutique cakes by everyone’s favourite cake maker Anna Worthington from By Anna and a load more. Celebrity chef Richard Till will be smoking up the BBQ with his charcoal grilled meats and aged cheeses and salads from the team at Woolston Market.

Beer lovers will be in paradise with Cassel’s and Sons putting on an outdoor bar selection of their exquisite craft range and there will be wine from Waipara growers Black Estate, Greystone and 3rd Man. Raw juices and organic sodas will also be available, as well as espresso by Lyttelton Coffee Company.

Nostalgia champions sustainable environment practices, including shared transport initiatives and recycling. Festival organiser Wunderbound is working with Gap Filler to ensure festival goers get to the venue for free and with minimal impact on the environment. Free buses will be running to and from the event and car-pooling is encouraged through Letscarpool in association with the Christchurch City Council.

Continuing the sustainable theme, festival-goers can purchase or hire plastic reusable cups from Globelet. Onsite waste control and prevention will be managed by Our Daily Waste who will be providing on site recycling and working with Wunderbound to reduce the waste coming in, and ensuring that as much as possible is diverted from landfill.  

Noticing a dearth of music and food festivals and a shift in mindset in the city when he returned from two years abroad including a working stint in Guatemala, event organiser Johnny Gibson from Wunderbound says, “Nostalgia festival is showcasing the best of Christchurch from the city’s transitional initiatives, to creative minds and delicious local fare. I have noticed the city’s increased interest to engage transitional and sustainable practices and I think now is the perfect time for Christchurch to host a festival like Nostalgia. This festival is going to be a perfect end to summer with music from some great New Zealand acts.”

Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park

When: 12.30-6pm, Saturday 1 March 2014

Buy tickets: Cosmic Ticketing & In store at Cosmic

Ticket price: $25

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Ferrymead Heritage Park


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