Fresh berry fare

Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013
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BERRY DELICIOUS: Holly Dunn, 7, from Kerikeri was one of many who enjoyed strawberries at the Strawberry Fare in Waimate.

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Strawberry jam, strawberries and cream, and plain fresh strawberries ... the berries were out in force as well as the crowds at the 30th annual Waimate Strawberry Fare.

Beautiful weather on Saturday drew crowds of 12,000 to Waimate to celebrate the season of the strawberry.

Waimate strawberries are gaining a reputation as some of the best in New Zealand, according to fair chairperson Joy McIvor.

"It's been a bumper season for Waimate strawberries. They've got a good name throughout New Zealand, and comparing them to some of the supermarket ones, you can really tell the difference," Mrs McIvor said.

Upwards of 250 stalls packed the grounds at Seddon Square and Boland Park, offering a wide variety of goods.

In past years Strawberry Fare has called in big-name acts from elsewhere, but this year the organising committee decided to keep it close to home, and had a line-up of "brilliant" local artists, according to Mrs McIvor.

This years line-up included musicians Topp Shelf, Eden Cooney, Jaz Patterson, The Ukulele Band, the Waimate Pipe Band, and entertainers Henry, Waimate Scottish Dancers, and Silly Billy the clown.

"It was just an awesome day. It's been very successful over many years, and this year was no different," Mrs McIvor said.

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- The Timaru Herald


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