Posted by Christine Robertson on Feb 27, 2019
The 5th annual ‘Greymouth Street Fare’ was recently held, organised by the Rotary Club of Greymouth as a community development initiative.

Designed to operate at breakeven (registration fees are charged to cover expenses such as road closure and advertising) and titled Fare to convey that the focus is on food rather than being “just another craft fair” (though crafts are not excluded), it occurs on the in the second weekend in February, from 4pm to 7pm.

The event is intended to foster stronger community bonds and this year food providers were asked to keep their cost under $5 to allow people to taste a variety of offerings.

One result was increased diversity of food stalls - there were 15 “ready-to-eat” stalls (includes 5 trucks selling coffee, icecream and hot dogs ), 4 food product stalls, 15 craft stalls and a couple of nearby café and jade shops opened up. The Rotary food stall catered for 150 and sold out, and most food stalls typically sell out as well, so attendance this year was probably also a record.

While a small project team of Rotarians organises the event, the whole club turns out on the day.