Press Release 1 October 2020

Our world is facing extraordinary challenges right now and those opportunities when we gather and connect as a community are very precious. With continued restrictions on gatherings and events and the uncertainty of how long the issues with Covid-19 will last the committee for the A Taste of Matarangi festival have made the decision to cancel the 2021 festival.

The committee which is made up of volunteers take months to plan and prepare for the festival which is why they are having to make the decision now. They are hugely proud of the event but the very real possibility is that they cannot host this event within the restrictions or potential changes around public events. The committee have found it a difficult decision to make knowing that it will be a huge disappointment to everyone involved.

We are incredibly grateful to all the sponsors, artists, stall vendors, volunteers and community groups whose support enables us to deliver this very successful event. We also feel for our local business community who will be impacted by this cancellation.

To our loyal and passionate audiences, when we come through the challenges of Covid-19 we will once again be ready to come together as a community to celebrate another festival with you, when the time is right.

We thank you for your support and understanding! 

Your Festival Team

A Taste of Matarangi - Cancelled for 2020


The Government is taking action based on global effects of the coronavirus also known as COVID19.  As the virus has already hit our shores preventative action is required. As organisers of this event we have a lot at stake and our first priority is the people and their health & well-being. Our volunteers, musicians, stallholders, patrons and stakeholders make up this event and we do not wish to the put people who attend or who are working in an environment of close social contact, at risk. Based on the Government’s announcement this afternoon, the committee wish to announce A Taste of Matarangi festival will be cancelled for this year. The organisers have spent months preparing for this event and are devastated to make this announcement. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


The A Taste of Matarangi organising committee have decided to offer a refund for the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to COVID-19. We feel this is the right thing to do even though tickets are normally non-refundable. The committee are trying to make this process as simple as possible.

For online purchases – you will receive an email advising of the refund process.
For tickets purchased from Whitianga I-site - please return your tickets to the I-Site for refund
For tickets purchased from Richardsons Real Estate in Matarangi – please return your tickets to Richardsons office directly or by post with the following information detailed on the back of each ticket:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone No.
  • Bank account No.

Tickets will be refunded by bank transfer only. If we do not receive your request for a refund by 30th of April, your ticket will be gifted to the event charities. For any further queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We look forward to making plans for next year’s festival which is to be held on 10th April 2021. We thank you for your support and understanding.  As you will appreciate it is beyond our control.

Warm regards,
The A Taste of Matarangi Committee

What to Expect

A Taste of Matarangi is a day to celebrate and have fun with the whole family.

On the 4th of April 2020 the Village Green will come alive with entertainment and activities, providing you with a great day of food, wine and music by the beach. Our home-grown local festival gives you the opportunity to sample a selection of fine wines, locally brewed beer and tasty cuisine from more than 40 vendors.  The all day line up of musicians is your sound track for a relaxing day with family, catching up with friends and making new ones!

Since the first A Taste of Matarangi in 2013, we have always had the loyal backing of sponsors, volunteers and supporters of the festival.  The generosity and dedication of the Matarangi community is crucial to our festival and is what enables us to continue.

The organising committee would like to give a huge thank you to all our sponsors, existing and new, who make this much-loved community event possible. Please support them and let them know you appreciate their support for the A Taste of Matarangi festival.

Gold Sponsors

Coromandel More FM, All About Whitianga, Creative Fuel Web Design

Silver sponsors

The Matarangi Beach Paper, Puku & Kerre's Liquor, Coromandel Life, Richardson’s Real Estate Matarangi, Coastal Signs, Jenna James Photography, Matarangi Ratepayers’ Association, Holistic Health

Bronze sponsors

Pipers Café, Four Square Matarangi

Make sure you don’t miss out on the best event in Matarangi - buy your tickets online now at www.atasteofmatarangi.co.nz.

Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas and holiday season from the A Taste of Matarangi organising committee.



Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Without the help of our sponsors, this event would not happen. The following businesses are sponsoring the event and we are thankful for their support.


All About Whitianga
More FM
Creative Fuel design/print/web


Puku & Kerres
Coastal Signs
Jenna James Photography
Matarangi Rate Payers Assciation Inc
Coromandel Life
The Matarangi Beach Paper
Holistic Health


Pipers Cafe Matarangi

Land Search & Rescue Kuaotunu


Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust