In the words of The Beatles, Davenport Square was turned into ‘Strawberry Fields Forever‘ for the day maas locals flocked from across the Hills to give praise to the delicious berry.
Offering ‘all the fun of an olde style fete’, the Macclesfield Strawberry Fete hosted a large variety of market stalls selling wares as well as food stalls offering everything from a classic Aussie sausage sizzle to hearty baked potatoes.
“Berry nice” foods were aplenty, with The Strawberry Tent serving up Strawberry Bowls topped with sugar, whipped cream and ice cream as well as classic Strawberry Thickshakes.
Generous servings of juicy strawberries in punnets were also on offer for you to take home or dig into on the day!
An endless array of jams, conserves and chutneys were also for sale at stalls such as The Strawberry Patch, made from all sorts of berries ranging from strawberries to elderberries!
To keep cool in the sunshine, you could enjoy a cup of vegan sorbet, which came in the signature strawberry flavour as well as several other options to choose from.
Fete-goers could sit back and relax on a hay bale or chair underneath the shade of a gazebo whilst enjoying the live on-stage entertainment throughout the day.
Acts included resident’s poetry readings, an agility dog performance and the jaunty country rock tunes of talented local band Crossfire.
To keep the little ones entertained, there were plenty of children’s activities held on the lush lawns, including sack races and cornhole, where you had to aim a beanbag into a hole on a giant wooden Strawberry.
The event was also dog-friendly, encouraging pet owners to bring their cuddly pooches of all shapes and sizes to join in on the festivities!
For all those automotive enthusiasts, The Chevy Club were out in full formation with several vintage and retro cars – some shiny and some “well-loved” – on display for the public eye.
This year marked the 91st anniversary of the fete, which evolved from the ‘All British Fair’ fundraiser for the St John’s Church of England first held in 1927.
In conjunction with the Strawberry Fete, the Macclesfield History Group also conducted the ‘Museum of Hats’ vintage headwear exhibition just across the road at the Anglican Church Hall. Organised by Lesley and Betty, the pop-up museum was free of charge and open Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th from 10am – 4pm.
Organised by the Mount Barker District Council, The Macclesfield Strawberry Fete was held from 9:30am to 3:00pm for free admission at Davenport Square in the heart of Macclesfield.
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