Walk through the gates of Rathkeale College this November and be welcomed by a diverse range of colourful stalls, the smell of freshy cooked food and plenty of festive inspiration.
Now in its 19th year, the Rathkeale Christmas Fete has become a must-do event on the Wairarapa spring calendar. Stall holders travel from around the North Island to sell their wares at the Fete and offer Christmas shoppers loads of inspiration. From festive decorations, clothing, art and books to flowers, toys and plants – there is something for everyone, even those who love fossicking with the second hand clothing stall and second hand book stall always popular.
Gourmet food is always a highlight at the Fete - think chicken or venison burgers, pork wraps, curries and mushroom and halloumi burgers - there is always a huge variety of flavours to tempt the taste buds. Devonshire Tea served in the Rathkeale Homestead rose garden is a time-honoured tradition while refreshing cold drinks can be sipped on as visitors listen to live music performed by students at various times throughout the day. The popular cake stall returns this year but fete goers are always encouraged to get in early as the cakes, in particular, often sell out by midday.
The beauty of this Fete is it is a day out for the whole family. In addition to the stalls, there will be a bouncy castle for the littlies, face painting and an opportunity to ride on a miniature truck.
Visitors can also explore the beautiful expansive grounds of Rathkeale College including the school gardens designed by Alfred Buxton, the Greek Amphitheatre and the 3km eco-trail.
Gold coin entry.
Rathkeale College is a five minute drive north of Masterton in the Wairarapa.