Combining the talents of the best local musicians, chefs, baristas, mixologists and florists, Nostalgia is unlike any festival I’ve ever attended. Held at Ferrymead Heritage Park, every detail of the day was carefully considered and flawlessly executed. I’ve attended my fair share of festivals in North America, yet was completely blown away by the atmosphere at Christchurch’s own festival. The experience reaffirmed my belief that Christchurch is a truly special place to live and work.

With so many enticing food options (Vagabond Chefs, Sage, Heisenburger, Cakes by Anna, Grizzly Bagel and Gatherings by Alex Davies to name a few) festival-goers were spoiled for choice. I was especially fond of the slow roll, which kicked off at Action Bicycle Club and offered a sustainable and enjoyable way to get to the festival. p1000669
Decor for the day fit perfectly with the mood and theme of the festival. Dried hanging flowers by Bunch Floral and quirky bunting complemented the historic elements of the park. My friend even remarked, “I need this for my wedding,” after we did our first lap around the festival grounds.

Music across two stages consisted of national and local talent, mostly of the rock and folk persuasion. Lawrence Arabia, originally from Christchurch, stole the show for me. The party continued at Blue Smoke as the sun went down, and I loved jumping around to Sal Valentine & Babyshakes.

This was my first time visiting Ferrymead Park and I was compelled to jump on the train for a scenic trip that took me back in time. The day catered to all ages and interests, while remaining true to its roots. I anticipate many photos and round ups across the interwebs, so I’ll leave you with a few photos of my favourite moments.
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p1000700Tell me about the best festival you’ve ever attended? Was it a popular, globally-known festival like Glastonbury or Coachella or a more intimate, local affair?

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