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Zeal on a plate: tacos and tunes at Zeal Kāpiti

Wellington On a Plate (WOAP) – if you know, you know. In August, we saw the 17 day travelling celebration of the best food the region has to offer hit Kāpiti – with live music courtesy of the Zeal Kāpiti crew!

Over two nights, 14 food trucks from the iconic festival parked up outside Zeal Kāpiti (otherwise known as the Pak’n’Save carpark) to peddle their wares, while our Event Management Gateway crew provided entertainment in the form of live music for the punters in attendance. 

The Zeal side of the event was planned and run entirely by young people. Gateway students in the Live Sound course pulled together with our volunteer team to set up and run the stage, while two Year 12 girls who recently completed the Event Management course worked out the finer details of the evening (and were praised by the event organisers for their work!).

The Coffee Cart was also pumping on the night, with students from our Gateway Barista course getting some real life experience in high pressure coffee making.

The Zeal volunteer team helped with minimising waste and promoted recycling, while providing seating and bean bags for the public.

“The Zeal stage really added to the atmosphere over the two nights,” says Dooley, Zeal Kāapiti’s General Manager. “It really gave gave the wider community a glimpse into the young talent we have here.”

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