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Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival

The Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival started life 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.

In recent years the festival has showcased the importance of the Katikati area as a prime producer of excellent quality avocados. Members of the local avocado industry promote the versatility and nutritional benefits of avocados.

The Festival was managed on behalf of the Trust by Pakeke Lions Club of Katikati until 2012 when they were joined by the Lions Club of Katikati.

To date the Trust has donated over $140,000. The 2017 festival is raising funds towards a new Technology Suite at Katikati College.