Bursting with hundreds of
remarkable gift ideas, fresh locally grown food and wine,
live music, demonstrations
and loads more. Welcome to New Zealand’s biggest and
most popular country Fête.

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Recent News


2015 Stallholders to be announced in August!

Another few weeks to wait and we will be announcing our 2015 Stallholders list.

We are really excited to share with you all the clever, creative people from all around New Zealand that have been accepted into this years Fete.

We have some really exciting newcomers and also welcome our favourite regulars back. Watch this space.


Chelsea Winter at the 2015 Fete!

We’re very excited to announce Chelsea Winter is coming to The Fete! Don’t miss her two free demonstrations at 10.45am and 2.45pm.

Chelsea is one of New Zealand’s favourite cooks and best-selling cookbook authors. She will be sharing her love of good food and is really looking forward to her trip south.

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Chelsea has designed a winning demonstration around Christmas entertaining that will wow guests, and leave you free to enjoy the festivities.

And what better way to learn than from Chelsea, to whom food and Christmas is all about sharing and enjoying the company of friends and family.




2015 Stallholder Applications are now open

Stallholder applications are now open for this years Fete!!!

Don’t miss out and pass onto all your clever creative friends.

Head to Stallholder Registration in our main menu for more information.


Michael Van de Elzen Recipes

For all of you that missed out on a copy of Michael Van de Elzen’s recipes you can find the link here to print them off. We have heard they were delicious so we hope you enjoy cooking them!

The recipes were: Vege Tart with Walnut and Chilli Pesto, Clams with Courgette Spaghetti, Plum Tarte Tatin with Vanilla and Coconut Nice Cream – YUM.

Recipes Link




“Looking forward to seeing you all here at the Fete today!

We can’t wait to see what the clever stallholders have in store for us today.

Don’t forget your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes – we will see you all soon!”



Sweet Mason

Sweet Mason is a small new business owned and operated by Emily Eckhoff. After Emily graduated from Culinary School in New York City, she moved to San Francisco, where she met a Kiwi, fell in love and relocated to Christchurch. While in Christchurch Emily was working as a private chef, catering dinner parties and clients always asked about her clever little desserts in jars. She realized she was on to something special and created Sweet Mason. Sweet Mason can best be described as sweet, creamy, crunchy, delicious

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treats you can eat right from the jar. The flavours range from Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Panna Cotta, Chocolate Caramel Cake, Sticky Date Pudding and many, many more. Sweet Mason jars make the perfect gift, sweet ending to a dinner party, desserts at a wedding or they can be a sweet indulgence to keep all to yourself.




Ella O’Reilly is the Queenstown mum behind Onemum. The birth of her first son re-ignited a passion for illustration and story-telling.  Writing books just for him, but others telling her “you should print these” led to her self-publishing two titles.

Thinking she might be giving them away for years, the first run actually sold out within months. I’m from New Zealand is now on its third reprint, and Little Monkey on its second.

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This month she has just released her third book Dads are so awesome – a heartwarming and humourous observation of the things that make kids think their dads are amazing.

“I love to make books that are as entertaining for the adults reading them as the children – it encourages everyone to snuggle up and read together. Seeing people smile and laugh when they read them for the first time is one of my favourite things” says Ella.






The Damson Collection

The Damson Collection grew from an evening spent round Tom and Margie Chambers’ dinner table with friends.  Faced with the deliciousness of damson liqueur on their palates, the desire to introduce everyone to this fabulously flavoured fruit was too huge to ignore.

Thus the decision to, not only grow damsons commercially, but to cook the fruit and sell the final product, was made.

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In 2006, Tom planted his first damson orchard in Hawkes Bay.  Since then The Damson Collection has produced such intensely individual products we have won two Cuisine Artisan awards for our Damson Jam and Damson Paste.

The Damson Collection produces a wide range of products.

Paste for eating with cheese

Jam delicious with toast and scones

Jelly ideal for lamb and game

Vinaigrette in a cunning spray bottle for salads

Coulis for desserts, particularly cheesecake

Relish stirred through couscous, and cold meat

Terrine for cheese and antipasto

Cordial a refreshing drink

Chocolates to die for… The Fete girls can vouch for this!!





Darryl Gilbert – Fine Photographs

‘Collected Trees’ of Hagley Park.

Art Photographer, Darryl Gilbert will have his new photo-booklet ‘Collected Trees’ available at The Fete. It is a collection of twenty black and white images celebrating the existence of the beautiful trees in Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanical Gardens.

Also included is a wonderful essay by acclaimed …

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NZ and Christchurch author, Fiona Farrell written especially for this project.

Darryl says “Many of these trees have stood as silent witnesses to almost the entire history of Christchurch. They continually show us grace and calm, providing us with the same views we have known for a lifetime; even after the 2011 earthquakes when everything else around us appeared to be a place we knew little of. I am grateful to be able to offer these portraits as a small token of immense appreciation for their presence. We are all indebted to all those who have contributed over the years to Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, allowing them to flourish and provide us with so much.”

The booklet is available in a limited edition of 500 and has been hand stitched to provide a beautiful finish and is presented in it’s own heavy weight folder.









The Little Leather Co.

Julia van Beek is the designer, patternmaker and bag-maker behind The Little Leather Co, a Kaiapoi business which will be at this year’s Fete. S

he designs and makes quality leather handbags and accessories from her home, drawing on her years of experience and using leather and fittings for inspiration.

Little Leather bags are designed to be functional and stylish…

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They are made to a very high standard, using quality leather and New Zealand fur. Her range includes handbags, shoulder bags, satchels, clutches, purses and belts.

Usually made to order from her website, this is the first time the whole range will be displayed at once. There are even one off colours just for the Fete.