Crowds for Waihua Fete
People from all over Hawke’s Bay are expected at this month’s Waihua Fete on the East Coast.
Now in its seventh year, the fete has become so popular there is a waiting list for stall holders.
Held in the country garden of Waihua Station, 20 minutes south of Wairoa, the fundraising festival is an ideal family day out.
This year it will feature 15 new stalls with numbers capped at 60 to maintain the intimate country garden feeling the fete is famous for.
The market stall layout offers something for everyone with a range of artisan products including Wrights Vineyard and Winery, Smokin BBQ Boys, Pipsqueaks Boutique, The Wooden Spoon, Snapa Grabba, Bird of Prey jewellery, Notre Vie candles, Coffee from The Vanilla Bean, Jo Wilson Art, Margot Dever Chocolates, Shift Style Clothing, Torere Macadamias, as featured on Country Calendar and Mossi fine linens.
As well as plenty of browsing and shopping there will be Charteris Choppers helicopter rides, a bouncy castle for the under-fives donated by Inflatable Madness, and loos from The Royal Flush.
The scene will be set by entertainers Highly Flammable with stilt walkers and jugglers mingling with guests in the idyllic surroundings.
As well as a pre-Christmas festive feeling, the garden setting featuring established trees, a winding hedged entrance and the 100-year old homestead, creates the perfect atmosphere for the fete.
The Waihua Fete concept was hatched over a coffee morning, and since then thousands of dollars have been raised for the Starship Children’s Hospital and other charities.
Organiser Rose Haynes said, for her, the driver behind the event is being a mum.
“When you have kids, you realise how fragile they are, especially when you are on a farm.
“I have heard of so many children who have been to Starship for one random reason or another, and it is just nice to be able to give something back.”
She and co-organiser Sue Wilson have been amazed at how the event has grown from 20 stalls to tripling in size.
“This year has been the easiest to organise, as after years of searching for stall holders they are now coming to us.
“Everyone who is part of the event is giving something. All the stall holders have to travel, and everyone just gives that little bit making it a really feel-good day.”
The fete will be held on Sunday, November 25 from 10am-3pm with eftpos facilities available.
Waihua Station is located at the end of Glendining Road, 20 mins south of Wairoa off SH2. Look for signage on the day.
The entry fee is $10 per adult, free for children, with all gate takings going to Starship.
Find out more about the fete at waihuastation.co.nz
Stilt walking and juggling by entertainers Highly Flammable will feature at this year’s Wairoa Fete.
The rugged coastline and working farm set the backdrop for the popular Waihua Fete.
Browse the range of artisan products in the idyllic garden settings at the Waihua Fete.