Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand will have a Taste of Te Pae pop-up this month to showcase the venue to prospective clients ahead of its opening later this year.
Launching on March 17, the pop-up will operate for eight weeks until May 15.
Te Pae Christchurch’s general manager Ross Steele said the pop-up had been developed, in part, in response to challenges caused by Covid-19.
‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ he said.
The pop-up, which will be located next to the convention centre site on Oxford Terrace, will include a food truck, as well as activation areas featuring interactive displays, a virtual reality dome and information about the Centre‚Äôs design, cultural narrative and the role of business events in the community.
The food truck, manned by Te Pae Christchurch‚Äôs executive chef Desmond Davies, will feature items from the Centre‚Äôs canap√© and full-day menus, which have been designed with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce. Culinary collaborations with local suppliers are also being planned.
The activation area will include Te Pae Christchurch‚Äôs virtual reality walkthrough, developed by local company Jix Reality. Staff from across the business will also be on hand to meet with clients and members of the local community to answer questions.
The pop-up has also been designed using equipment, such as the food truck and outdoor furniture, that will feature in the Centre once open.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is managed by ASM Global, and when open will feature a 1,400-seater auditorium, up to 2,800m2 of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms.