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Call for stalls at 2018 Auckland Diwali Festival

Published: 27 June 2018

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Apply now to be a stallholder at the 2018 Auckland Diwali Festival.

Do you make jalebi with the perfect combination of thin delicate shell and liquid inside? Hit the perfect balance of cardamom and rose water in your incomparable gulab jamun? Hold the secret to the best chaat recipes in Auckland?

Applications are now open for stallholders for the 2018 Auckland Diwali Festival, which takes place on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 October – Labour Weekend – in Aotea Square and Queen St.

Auckland Diwali Festival is one of the region's most popular cultural festivals, with 55,000 people attending the 2017 festival.

Apply now

Register your application. The deadline for stallholder applications is 27 July 2018

What to expect

The event features live music and dance performances by local and international performers, a broad range of vegetarian Indian foods and sweets, street theatre and workshops, and wraps up with a dazzling fireworks display.

The festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in conjunction with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Festival producer Leilana Meredith says she is keen to hear from Auckland-Indian businesses, organisations and individuals with authentic food and products.

"The Auckland Diwali Festival attracts a mix of Aucklanders and visitors of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, keen to celebrate and experience traditional and contemporary Indian culture in its many exciting forms.

"We want food and retail stalls that can offer traditional tastes and flavours, or the best modern fusion of India and 21st century Auckland."

The event is also the largest vegetarian festival in the country. Auckland Diwali Festival stall sites are available for vegetarian food, sweets, retail, and henna vendors, or to promote not-for-profits, community organisations and businesses. 

Further information including online application forms can be found on or by emailing the Auckland Diwali Festival team at

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