Fabulous fete offers great family day out

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After some morning showers, the weather held out for another fabulous fete at the iconic Centrewood Estate yesterday.

In its fourth year, crowds flocked to the 2013 Centrewood Fete and Garden Party at the 1896 estate yesterday afternoon.

Organiser Ali Chaffey said, despite the lack of sunshine, it was a great day in Waimate with something to cater for everyone.

As well as being able to take in views of the stunning gardens and historic home, there was a large variety of stalls, food, drinks and entertainment, with stallholders coming from around the country.

Mrs Chaffey said it had a real family feel this year, and magic of a traditional fete and garden party.

“We wanted it to be a real family fun day out and I think we’ve absolutely achieved that,” she said.

“It was about getting families out – even on a Sunday – out together because everyone’s so busy now and it’s about spending time together, and we’ve done that.”

The calibre of stallholders and performers had again been “outstanding” with Riverstone’s Bevan Smith on site for live demonstrations and cooking tips, Dot Smith talking about micro greens and tips on planting vegetables for the summer and Vanessa Kelly Brown to entertain the crowds with Jazz and Blues, among the line-up.

“The response has been fantastic, everyone seems to be really happy,” she said.

“That’s our goal – to make everyone have a great day out… and we just have the most amazing support from the stall holders.”

By Rebecca Ryan