28 Oct 2020

Preparations ramp-up ahead of FREE Christchurch festival

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Excitement is building ahead of Grow Ōtautahi 2021, as garden experts, top chefs, environmental champions, schools, scientists and communities gear-up for Christchurch’s very own, free garden festival.

The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival Trust has confirmed Lincoln University would once again support the event as Grow Ōtautahi’s Presenting Partner.

Festival Director, Sandi MacRae says Lincoln University will help bring the Festival alive. “We’re so proud to have Lincoln University behind our 2021 event, bringing the best of science and education to Grow Ōtautahi, along with some fun and interesting elements that will appeal to everyone.”

Lincoln University has agreed to partner Grow Ōtautahi for the next three years, helping to build and develop the Festival into a major attraction for the Garden City.

Lincoln University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, says he is delighted the university will be the presenting partner for the festival for the next three years.

“Lincoln has welcomed the opportunity to support Grow, and I predict it will become a landmark event for the people of Christchurch and the whole country. Grow offers direct synergies with Lincoln’s land-based teaching and research, and with our deep connection with the thriving food and fibre sectors. We grow opportunities and futures for students and our research and collaboration helps grow New Zealand’s economy.”

Sandi MacRae says planning for 2021 is well underway with more details about the programme and attractions available soon.

“Visitors will be able to sample locally sourced food prepared by top chefs, explore cutting edge landscape design displays, participate in workshops and masterclasses, learn about food science, experience gardening through the eyes of local school children and generally revel in all that’s new, sustainable, innovative and fun in gardening and food sourcing,” she says.

A Garden Festival designed especially for the Garden City, Grow Ōtautahi celebrates our community, champions our environment and supports education. Grow Ōtautahi is run by the Christchurch Garden Festival Trust and is not-for-profit. Entry will be free to the public.