Avos & Art in Katikati


The annual Katikati Avo Expo is happening on Sunday 4th February 2018. It is part of the 96th Katikati A & P Show at the Uretara Domain, Major St, Katikati which is a great day for the whole family. There will be plenty to do and see with horse events, home industries, a lolly scramble, even sheep racing and lots, lots more.

The very first Katikati A & P Show was held on 13th March 1913

and last year more than 2,000 people attended.

The Avo Expo became part of the A & P Show in 2016 and this year I have been invited to be a part of it with my art featuring, of course, avocados.

When I asked Ann Rowland, one of the organisers of the Avo Expo, for some information about it she sent me the following:

“A conversation 3 years ago suggesting that if Te Puke is the kiwi fruit capital of New Zealand then Katikati should be the avocado capital gave birth to the avocado exhibition tent in the Katikati Avocado A & P Show.

Run by Katikati avocado growers and supported by Avoco Feb 4th, 2018 will see the 3rd and even larger Avocado Exhibition at the show at the A&P showground

All aspects of avocados will be displayed. Advice for growers from experts in the industry, information on the health promoting aspects of avocados together with free recipe booklets and a variety of avocado easy-to-make dishes to sample. Once again there will be samples of avocado beer available!

Also in the tent will be artist Birgitt Shannon with her beautiful avocado paintings.

The exhibition will again be sponsoring the very popular wood chopping Axemen demonstrations next to the tent and a new event – model cars and a racing track, built by Katikati Men’s Shed especially for the day, the very popular AvoShy for the children with avocados as prizes and a Tug of War competition.”

I hope to see you all there 😊


9:00am – 4:00pm

Entry is Adults $5

School Children $2

Children Under 5yrs Free

Black & White photos courtesy of the Henry Family from an article at http://www.katikati.co.nz.

BIRGITT SHANNON Artist, Katikati An accomplished artist of Australian descent Birgitt has participated in solo and group exhibitions. She is part of the group of artists chosen the now famous Morrinsville Cows – a street art project. Her street art work can also been seen on the large planters outside the Katikati BNZ, part of the 2015 NZ Mural Competition and Arts Festival. Birgitt has sold dozens of paintings in Australia and New Zealand and has recently sold a painting now hanging in a Research Centre at The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Birgitt’s work can be found on her website www.artbybirgitt.com and you can follow her facebook page at www.facebook.com/artbybirgittnz

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