Major events

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Major events

Lovely Grub has extensive experience in location catering and event facilitation, providing a full range of services for entire events almost anywhere in New Zealand.

One stop shop. Our team can assist during your early stages of planning and guide you through the available options. What's more, we partner with selected companies to facilitate your event from conception to clean-up, including hire equipment, on-site electrical work, security and ticketing.

We cater for any event, whether it be sport, leisure, music and entertainment, right through to movie, TV and commercial productions.

Contact us for a full consultation if you're interested in holding an event, but have other things to consider as well as providing great food. Our friendly and efficient team can help make your event even greater.

Lovely Grub has long associations with a number of community organisations 


Rowing - Lovely Grub has completed 8 Maadi Cups in Twizel and several in Cambridge. The events are growing in both numbers and meals. We now expect to be catering for 500 rowers in Twizel for the next regatta. The rowers receive high carb low fat and sugar diets for 3 meals per day for the entire 9-day event. On top of this we have occasionally catered for high performance groups including the NZ men’s eights.

Read our stories: Maadi Cup | High performance rowers

Clay bird shooting - We have a 10-year association with the Canterbury Clay Target Club, having on-site catered for their 10 day Nationals for five years, feeding around 400 shooters each time. Hundreds of kilograms of chips are also consumed during the five times we have catered for the 3 and a half day Secondary School Nationals. We will be doing for our second event for the South Canterbury Club in Timaru.

Multi-sport events - [The Alpine Epic and the Godzone Adventure Race at Kaikoura.]

Read our story: Godzone Adventure Race

Rugby - We provided food for the Canterbury Crusaders' pre-season live in camp of 3 days at Rugby. Many club dinners and prize giving functions for many different sporting codes are included in our work throughout each year.

Read our story: Canterbury Crusaders

Sheep dog trials - Our sheep dog trialling association goes back many years to the first small club trials in our early days, to the National and South Island championships. These larger events usually run over a week and are often inconveniently situated miles from anywhere in a paddock without power. It quite often rains as well. However, servicing the rural folk who compete and help out is nothing but a joy.

Leisure, music and entertainment events

Music festivals - Lovely Grub has had ten plus year’s association with both the Canterbury Folk Club and the Wellyfest Music Festival held at Brookfield Scout Camp just out of Wainuiomata. These annual events, held over long weekends, require continuous meals, coffee alcohol and snack food for up to 600 festival goers who live on site for the duration.

Band Together Concert - This event was a one-off fundraiser hosted by the Christchurch City Council for the Canterbury earthquake recovery. It was a fascinating event to be involved with starting with 3 days of catering for the 40 crew setting up the stages in North Hagley Park. Then we had to cater for 300 in the sponsors tent and entertainers' area, plus the crew which had grown to 70.

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Lovely Grub has deep catering experience with film, TV and commercial productions

Production catering often involves restaurant standard foods in very remote locations and tough environments.  Constant changes, early starts and late finishes need to be met. We are very experienced at this and love being able to adapt to all the challenges. Lovely Grub has two well equipped kitchen rigs as well as a range of trailers to be able to service multiple crews on the move over different locations for extended periods.  Special diet and foreign cuisines are also easily catered for.

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Read our stories: L.O.R.D. location catering | Beanpole commercial shoot