The Kerikeri Street Party has been held each year after the Kerikeri Half Marathon since 2007, when local Kerikeri community members were looking for an idea to make the half marathon a weekend away, rather just the running event and presentations afterwards. Why do Aucklanders drive over three hours to Kerikeri, and then turn around and head home again? And so the Street Party was born.
After the Half Marathon presentation wraps up, our organising volunteers spring into action. The Kerikeri shopping precinct is closed to traffic at each vehicle entrance to the east, west and south. Now our musicians and foodies start setting up their stalls and music equipment at carefully organised locations the length of Kerikeri main street. Lighting is erected, and other public facilities delivered and moved into place. Our sponsor tables are located strategically under the shop eaves just in case it rains. By 5 pm, we are ready to roll, and the party begins.
Always free for everyone
A key principle is that the Street Party is always free to both locals and half marathon visitors. The event is not-for-profit, and costs for street closures, lighting, sound & entertainment and security are all met through donations, stall holder fees, and business & private sponsorship of tables. Our helpers supervising the party entrances ask for a voluntary donation that goes to charity or community organisation that assists us for that year. We also offer an opportunity for a local charity to promote and raise funds among the stalls.
Food, wine and entertainment for everyone
The committee tries to ensure as many of the stalls as possible represent our local food and restaurant businesses at affordable prices. As well it offers an opportunity for visitors to sample our wonderful Bay of Islands and Northland wines.
Three separate stages offer musical entertainment for all ages at different locations on the street, and street performers roam the length of the party to provide instant delight to entertain the young. The party runs from a family-friendly 5pm until 9pm in the evening.
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