By Robyn Bristow
A new owner, a new venue and some new experiences await people heading to this year’s Christmas Country Fete.
Mike Sheppard of Hyde Park Hire will host this year’s October 26 fete at the Glenmark Domain and several new attractions have been added.
Hyde Park Hire bought the fete earlier this year from Blaise Davison, Charlotte Rutherford, Lou Davison and Flika Williams, after its 25th anniversary which involved the four original gals who began the iconic event – Jossy Davison, Sue Gardner, Fiz Rutherford and Lou Davison.
While much of the fete will be business as usual, several new features have been introduced to cater for visitors.
A VIP ticket holder, giving an hours early access to the fete site, has been introduced at a cost of $175. Limited to 200, the holders have their own dedicated marquee where continuous wine and food will be served by White Wine caterers. There will also be a private outdoor area, live music will be provided at times throughout the day and there will be a parcel drop area.
There will also be a new Men’s area, although women are also welcome. But stalls in this area will have men’s interest at heart such as whisky Galore and Punky Brewsters.
Over 200 stalls will be on site with food and wine stalls tucked among the Oaks at the domain and the remainder in the open area. There will be marquees with stalls inside and the Arts Centre stallholders will also be in attendance.
General admission is $22 with car parking in a paddock over the road from the venue and there is also a parcel drop area so people can enjoy shopping for gift ideas, fresh locally grown food and wine and sit and listen to live music or watch the demonstrations without having to worry about their parcels.
Paula Ryan, will be the Guest Demonstrator with her daughter Bridget Hope from Magpie Style. Paula and Bridget will be giving two free fashion talks on how to dress and style yourself for your body shape and lifestyle along with some great fashion advice.
The Starlets, a Christchurch based singing trio will perform an array of music styles throughout the day and the Mirrors Band, a Christchurch based duo, formed in early 2017 will entertain with Pop, Blues and Funk numbers.
This year ticket options include the opportunity to attend the fete and other North Canterbury events.
General admission is $22 on line or $26 on the day or you buy a general admission ticket along with a ticket to Art in a Garden for $42, general admission and a ticket to the Hurunui Garden Tours for $85, a fete ticket, Art in a Garden and Hurunui Garden Tours for $107 and a fete ticket plus a ticket to the Hanmer Fashion Show for $42.