Launching this Wednesday is Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s new pop-up, a ‘Taste of Te Pae’. The initiative is aimed at showcasing the venue to prospective clients ahead of its proposed opening later this year.

The hub will be located next to the convention centre site in Oxford Terrace and include a food truck and activation areas. The latter will feature interactive displays, a virtual reality dome and information about the centre’s design, cultural narrative and the role of business events in the community.

The food truck will be manned by Te Pae Christchurch’s executive chef Desmond Davies and serve food from the centre’s canape and full-day menus.

Te Pae Christchurch’s general manager, Ross Steele, said the pop-up had been developed as a result of the challenges caused by Covid-19.

“The events of the past year have obviously had an effect on construction timelines for the Centre. While we expect to be open in the latter half of this year, we still want to be able to showcase the venue to current and prospective clients, as well as the local community,” he said.

A Taste of Te Pae will operate for eight weeks.