The central focus of the Fayre is our long standing collaboration with the Zingaro Festival and the unique and vibrant offering of live music! Each year you can count on a wonderful music program including members of the KGB (Klezmer-Gypsy-Balkan, Central Victoria), The Footscray Gypsies, and the Orkester Glasso Bashalde – bringing the infectious rhythms of Eastern European music to Malmsbury. The public are always invited to participate: give that booty a shake in the gypsy dancing or give the marimbas a go! The Kyneton Street Band roves the Fayre and town with its infectious fun taking over, with even stallholders taking off their aprons to join the dancing!
Food & Drink
Bring your picnic rug and set up for the day! Hot food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale both within the Fayre and throughout the town. Dogs on leads are allowed. There will be a designated area for picnic rugs as well as tables and chairs available near the music space.
Maker’s Market and Local Producers
You can shop till you drop at the Fayre – get your Christmas shopping done early and support locally made products! The Fayre showcases the best in our region's local wine and food produce as well as all things hand-made, crafted and locally-made by our local talented makers, crafters and artisans. Become a stallholder.
Free Kids Activities
We never forget the little ones! There are plenty for the kids to do with FREE jumping castles (one for each age group) and FREE face painting. This year we have story telling in the fairy glade and Adam the magician performing in the magic garden area. Plus for the older kids we have a parkour course throughout the gardens.
Free Family Entertainment
This year there's magic in the gardens with something to surprise and delight the whole family. We have medieval re-enactment group JOAS - "Juvenis of Accendo Sarcalogos" - who will re-enact calligraphy, medieval craft and sword fighting, plus you can try on real replica chain mail. There will be fortune telling, crystal stalls and henna by Nazneen! And don't forget to check out the Magic Garden area and play some of the giant games.
See you at the Fayre!
The Botanic Gardens is the perfect backdrop for a picnic, taking a stroll or to view the historic bluestone viaduct. You will find cafes, restaurants, art galleries, antiques shops and the local Historical Society at the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute all open on the Main street.
History of the Fayre
The Fayre has become a much anticipated, popular event organised by a group of local community members to raise money for the local community groups, to showcase our town and to have fun! The Fayre begun in 2001 at the Blue Stone Mill with just 10 stallholders and attracted about five hundred visitors. It soon outgrew the Mill and moved to the Malmsbury Town Hall in 2003. By 2006 it had expanded into the adjacent Botanic Gardens as well as the Town Hall. The Fayre continued to grow, and fostered a close relationship with the Zingaro festival and its founder and local musician, Andy Rigby. The collaboration of the two festivals was highly successful and continues to be a key feature of the Fayre. In 2015, in an effort to bring the town and the event together, the Fayre was expanded further to add a Malmsbury Makers section and now extends around the lake, with 2016 having the most stallholders of any previous year. 2017 brings a brand new committee with exciting new ideas and the committee’s aim is to continue to grow the event and make it a unique experience year on year.