The gates open to the inaugural Grow Ōtautahi festival on Friday morning and we can’t wait to welcome the people of Christchurch to a garden festival with a difference!
With just two sleeps to go, we’re excited and expecting a huge turnout over the three days. Grow is a FREE festival for the people of Christchurch – so you can come back as many times as you want to check out everything that’s on offer. You’ll find garden experts, top chefs, environmental champions, schools, scientists and communities sharing their love of growing in their own unique way. Here’s everything you need to know to Grow in 2021!
Where will I find Grow?
It’s FREE to attend Grow Ōtautahi. The festival is held over three days, Friday to Sunday, 12-14 March, from 9am to 5pm in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The festival is located outside the Ilex café – with two entrances, one at the south end of the Ilex complex for those walking in from Rolleston Avenue, and one just around from the pedestrian bridge between the Hagley Park carpark and the gardens.
How do I get there?
We’re expecting plenty of visitors over the three days, so the best idea is to leave the car at home if you can. You’ll see the signs at entrances to the gardens which will point you to the festival – or just follow the people!
What can I do at Grow?
There are so many options! Take a look at the programme on the website before you go – www.growotautahi.org.nz – to see when all the various workshops, talks and activities are being held.
What food is available?
Grow is a real treat for the tastebuds, and your tastebuds will be tingling after watching our celebrity chefs in the Garden Kitchen. Onsite, you’ll be able to purchase food and drink from three coffee outlets, at the Ilex Café, from a vegetarian snack station, a BBQ station and water will be available at free water stations.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
While there are plenty of food options on-site, we welcome families who want to pack a picnic and bring it to Grow. Under standard rules, no alcohol, smoking, vaping or dogs are allowed on site.
What is Grow doing to address Covid-19 guidelines?
Grow is very responsive to Covid-19 guidelines and the health and safety of our visitors is our priority. The event is in the open and there will be plenty of space for people. QR Codes will be posted at entrances and hand sanitiser available at entrances, food and beverage outlets, information marquee and toilets.