BACKGROUND ... TO THE DAY
The Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival started life twenty one years ago this year, 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.
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.
Grants totaling $178,000 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