Festival continues to grow
Originally the festival consisted of wine and food stalls and live performances from musicians throughout the day, but in recent years several new components have been introduced. A street market was included because of the popularity of Promote Dunstan’s summer markets in Clyde. About 20 stalls lined the street in 2004 and that number has grown to more than 70. An art exhibition was added to the programme in 2004 with the Dunstan Masonic Lodge allowing the use of their historic building for the exhibition. Entertainment for children was included with various attractions such as a bouncy castle, mini-jeeps, face painting, and more recently a bungy tramp. Into the equation has also come a waste minimisation policy, a bank, and in 2009 a specialist food products market was added. Most of these products are made or produced in Central Otago. The festival could not be held without the support of local businesses and residents who accept the crowds, the noise and closed roads. The entire historic precinct of Clyde is closed to all traffic from 7am to 7pm on Easter Sunday. Local businesses take part in the festival. Residents and businesses help the festival by allowing food stalls to plug into their electricity supply.