Festival dedicated to feijoas
If you’re a lover of feijoas and live in Auckland’s city centre, there is a festival just for you.
The Feijoa Festival has been organised by inner-city community group Splice’s Guild of the Feijoa as a way to bring Auckland’s CBD apartmentdwellers together and to connect over their love of feijoas.
The guild was established in 2015 and it planted the neighbourhood’s first forest of six feijoa trees at the bottom of Constitution Hill near Anzac Ave.
Splice was a movement of people living in Auckland’s city centre which engages in adventure.
Feijoa Festival organiser Mik Smellie said they hoped to raise awareness that city living wasn’t primarily for business but was also a place that people called home.
Like the Festival of Roses in Parnell and weekly markets in other Auckland suburbs, organisers of the Feijoa Festival hope to make theirs an annual neighbourhood event.
This would be the second time the Feijoa Festival would be held.
‘‘It was born to some extent out of the idea that access to free feijoa is something akin to a customary right for many Kiwis,’’ Smellie said.
‘‘Also as more of us take up apartment lifestyles, this does not mean a total loss of active engagement in outdoor activity like fruit growing and gardening.’’
Smellie said they also had a special guest speaker planned for the evening.
‘‘Initiatives like these are responding to the shift that has occurred in the geographical space lying within the bounds of the motorway system.
‘‘A shift away from simply being a place primarily for commerce, the old notion of the CBD, to one where people also live their daily lives and have the needs of a community.
’’It is a neighbourhood rich in many substantial resources like universities and art galleries.
‘‘But it has minimal social infrastructure to support such a sizeable number of people who call the place home.’’
The Feijoa Festival begins at 6pm at TABAC on Mills Lane.
Residents can submit photos of feijoas in a city centre landscape as part of a competition to be judged on the day.
Entries for the photo competition should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 24.
The Feijoa Festival hopes to bring people living in the city together and make it an annual neighbourhood event.