Kerikeri street party 2013

A record crowd packed Kerikeri’s main road on Saturday for an evening of dancing, music, fine food and wine in the Bay of Islands town’s annual street party. The popular knees-up featured featured three bands playing rock and jazz, nine Northland wineries, 24 food stalls offering everything from blueberry icecream to calamari-wrapped mussels – and a surprise zombie flashmob dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Now in its fifth year the event was founded by a group off B&B owners to give the thousands of out-of-town runners in the Kerikeri Half Marathon a reason to stay another night. Organisers put the size of the crowd at 6000 people, bigger even than 2011’s estimated 4000. Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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