Where it all began.
In 2006 a small group of volunteers began running the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival at MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach. The purpose was to raise money for the Mary Potter Hospice Kāpiti base and from small beginnings the festival rapidly grew to become a popular annual event.
The primary focus was the sale of strawberries and ice cream with other charitable stalls run by the volunteers selling plants, linen, BBQ’d food, and offering face painting, a bouncy castle, and a massage service. The event was linked together with six hours of continuous music and entertainment based around the central stage.
Over time the Hospice Strawberry Festival has been an important fundraising and public awareness event on the Hospice’s calendar with over 8,000 punnets of strawberries and 1,000 litres of ice cream consumed per year raising thousands of dollars.
Our annual event is now held at Kapiti Primary School - a much bigger space for us to set up 100+ stalls and activities, the main stage providing all day entertainment and demonstrations, and the Mary Potter Hospice strawberry tent - the heart of our sweet little festival.
This year, after reviewing the success of the last two years’ events and taking valuable feedback into consideration, we are really bringing our strawberries back into the fore. We look forward to bringing another brilliant day out to Kāpiti in November.