Stalls...Each year stall demand outstrips available sites with 250 sites on offer. Strawberries and ice cream sell in their hundreds, punnets by the thousands. Stallholders from throughout the country sell an amazing array of upmarket arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, plants and gardening accessories. Local clubs, schools and organisations utilise the fare as a vehicle to fund raise via raffles and food stalls.
KIA ORA! WELCOME!
Strawberries have been grown in the Waimate District since 1880 they were then and still are today an important contribution to the Waimate economy. In 1984 it was decided to celebrate this little luscious red fruit by staging a community event, from there the rest is history..!
The fare today...is hailed as the largest annual regional event. Visitors swell to 14,000 attracted from all over New Zealand to this free family day out offering all day entertainment, upmarket stalls and colourful rovers and entertainers.
The Waimate Strawberry Fare commences at 10.30am,
with the arrival of Father Christmas 11.00am.
2022 Fare - Saturday 10th December
Foodies...Enjoy fine cuisine with an international flavour on offer including Indian, Swiss, Turkish, French, Chinese and of course kiwi favourites, BBQ, hot dogs, cheeses, and other culinary delights.
Bus groups are welcome and the Strawberry Fare Committee are happy to arrange special parking/meet and greet, by prior arrangement.
HISTORY and GALLERY
In 1989 the Waimate Inaugural Trade and Strawberry Fare was formed. 37 stalls sites were confirmed with the fare being held on Seddon Square, a lovely park like setting in the middle of town. Over the 30 years the Fare has expanded, with the stall sites now reaching 250+ and a waiting list. On "Waimate Strawberry Fare Day", a Community effort from Service Clubs, Community Organisations, individuals and the Waimate Strawberry Growers make this event a annual success.
We can get up to 14,000 visitors come through Waimate over the 8 hour period of the Waimate Strawberry Fare.
With a small group of Volunteers the Committee is dedicated to make this event a day to remember!
Sorry folks, NO DOGS. The District Council has designated the Waimate Strawberry Fare is a DOG FREE ZONE. Their Animal Control Officers will be about and they don't take prisoners!