Central Otago's Premiere Outdoor Shopping Event

Saturday December 3, 2022

What is The Festive Fête?

An Annual Event

The Cromwell Festive Fête is a shopping EXPERIENCE, where people can come for a leisurely day out with friends, to enjoy wonderful food, local wines & beers  while shopping for unique Christmas Gifts. 

What is a Fête?

A Fête, in New Zealand is an outdoor event with high-end shopping from hand picked artisans. The vendors are mostly selling New Zealand made or designed products that you don't usually find in "bricks & mortor" stores. There is live music from local and New Zealand (or world) renowned musicians. Possibly other entertainment like cooking or craft demonstrations. They are usually held in park-like setting which adds to the garden-party atmosphere. It is not just a common market.

How it Began

From a spur of the moment idea to our eleventh year of the Festive Féte  we always have a ball bringing you all this premiere Central Otago Christmas shopping event. 

 When the call came to say that the Queensberry Féte was to be no more, Anthea was straight on the phone to a friend to say "we are going to put on a Féte". After years of attending events and shows as a stallholder, Anthea had the insider knowledge of how to make it work. And Claire was the perfect partner in crime to create the Festive Féte.

Claire moved away from the Festive Féte after about three years, and Anthea has been creating it, single-handedly since then

There is also have a team of amazing women, who have been with the Festive Féte from the very first event. They are the lovely ladies in the spotty tops who help decorate & set up, direct stallholders, Answer questions, run the EFTPOS and a multitude of other things for which we are always grateful.


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