Decadent Christmas Shopping @ The Cromwell Festive Fete 2015
For those in the know, there is a “Fete Circuit” around the South Island and the Cromwell Festive Fete held on the 5th of December rates as one of the premier events - whether you are a stall holder or a guest. Children under the age of 14 can enter for free and for adults, simply pay your $10 entry fee, grab your complimentary signature shopping bag and explore the stalls tucked under the trees at the Cromwell Race Course. Enjoy hunting for Christmas treats that are both inspired and unique, while knowing that a range of activities will keep younger guests entertained.The Festive Fete’s success has a lot to do with Anthea Lawrence, the event organiser. After it was announced that the Queensberry Fete had reached the end of an error, she and her close friend Claire Harper created a new event designed to ensure that both guests and stall holders have a great day. Five years later she still finds stallholders selling products that are both high quality and mostly New Zealand made, or at least New Zealand designed. She also ensures that no one product is oversubscribed.
You will find everything on offer from Christmas decorations to adults and children’s clothes, homewares, hand-crafted children’s toys, deli produce, gardening products, paintings, prints outdoor furniture. Food and beverage stalls will provide sustenance for weary shoppers needing to refuel and live music will provide the day’s soundtrack. Wanaka’s very own country queen Jody Direen and jazz singer Vanessa Kelly accompanied by ‘The Fellas’ will all add to the atmosphere.
The event also helps community organisations do their own fundraising, the Cromwell Scouts will be on hand to help set up and take down stalls, and the Cromwell Barnardo’s fundraising committee will provide stallholders with morning tea. Cromwell Rangers will be working on the gates and helping out in the car park, and Pippins do a litter pick at the end of the day. St John ambulance staff are on site just in case and Wanaka’s Leo’s (Young Lions) will be carolling about the stalls.
If your Christmas present list is full of people that are hard to buy for, or you simply want to treat yourself to a relaxed day out before the full on festive season begins, head to the Cromwell Christmas Fete held on the 5th November at the Cromwell Racecourse. For more information go to www.festivefete.co.nz.