Get ready for Southland's most Southland event, Rootstock: a paddock festival celebrating the humble swede. 

Think swandries and gumboots, local music, and plenty of swedes to be pulled up and cooked by local chefs in a variety of ways. 

This isn't your typical winter mash. Our talented chefs and local bakers (and chocolatiers) are embracing the swede's simple charm and elevating it from humble beginnings to the centrepiece.

Swede sorbet, anyone? 
Swede tacos?
Swede vodka?

Enjoy a day filled with culinary innovation, music and Southern hospitality set on a picturesque working farm in the rain, hail, or even shine. 

This will be an unquestionably unique event.

Next event date: TBC 2025
Location: in a Southland paddock
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Rootstock Festival

It will be a day to celebrate our Southern roots, dig into swede education, and bridge the gap between rural producers and urban consumers, shedding light on the journey from paddock to plate. Swede to feed.

Murihiku Southland is renowned for its stunning scenery, rich history, and friendly locals. Nestled on the edge of the map, it boasts a unique identity shaped by its rugged coastlines, rolling farmland, and vibrant communities; Southland offers a taste of true Kiwi spirit.

To truly immerse yourself in the Rootstock experience, consider exploring the region further. Discover hidden gems like the Catlins, a coastal treasure trove of waterfalls and native forests, and a chance to spot Hoiho yellow-eyed penguin in the wild. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Invercargill or take a scenic drive along the Southern Scenic Route, marvelling at the ever-changing landscapes.

Whether you're a local looking for a unique day out or a visitor seeking an authentic Southland experience, Rootstock 2024 promises an unforgettable adventure. So, on 20 April, grab your gumboots, embrace the spirit of the South, and get ready to celebrate the humble swede in a way you never thought possible!

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