Project: Foodstuffs South Island Gala 2018

Project: Foodstuffs South Island Gala 2018


We were elated to help Foodstuffs South Island celebrate their milestone of hitting $3b in turnover this year with a series of outrageous events for staff and members. Inspired by the simultaneous release of their new book “Feeding the South: A history of Foodstuffs in the South Island 1928–2018” by Alan Malcolmson with John McCrystal, we put together a theme of the landscape of grocery shopping for New Zealanders in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

The largest event for the Members was held in the great hall of the Wigram Airforce Museum, appropriately surrounded by the stunning aircraft of the early 20th Century. We worked closely with the team at Theme Productions to bring our ‘Blast from our Past’ theme to life in the hall, and we were entertained by the wonderfully hilarious MC, Michele A’Court, who walked us through a week in the life of a regular shopper in the 1920s.

Later in the night, we were enthralled by the live music of the Garden City Big Band, while dance troupe, The Swingtown Rebels, performed a range of vintage dances – and even taught a quick lesson to the 300+ attendees so we could all dance on-theme for the rest of the night!

It all wound down in a hidden area set up as a traditional Speakeasy bar before guests ‘charleston’ed’ and ‘lindy-hopped’ on home.

We’d like to congratulate FSSI again for their hard work to supply the South Island with it’s grocery needs.