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Waimate Strawberry Fare 2017

Seddon Square, Waimate Saturday, 9 December '17

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 at 11.00am.


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.


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.

No Dog Please

Sorry folks, NO DOGS. The District Council has designated the Meridian Waimate Strawberry Farea DOG FREE ZONE. Their Animal Control Officers will be about and they don't take prisoners!