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. The public are always invited to participate: give that booty a shake in the gypsy dancing or give the marimbas a go! Even our stallholders take 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.
Local Artisans & Producers
Just in time for holiday shopping, the 2022 Fayre will feature over 50 stalls with a diversity of regionally produced arts, crafts and products. You will find everything from skin care products to kids’s toys to pottery and jewellery. You’ll find something for everyone on your list! Become a stallholder.
Free Kids Activities
We never forget the little ones! There are plenty for the kids to do with Fayre favourites - face painting & story telling. 2022 will also bring to life the theme of 'A Bush Fairyland' with puppets big and small roving the Botanic Gardens and much more...
Free Family Entertainment
The Fayre will be transforming the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens into a wonderland for children and adults with the theme A Bush Fairyland. The Fayre – now in its 21st year – is a popular fixture on the Macedon Ranges calendar and is known for its live music, local produce, craft stalls and unique family activities held in the enchanting Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and lake.
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 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.
Like many community events, our beloved Fayre was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, but is back again in 2022 with new ideas, local hand made art and craft, music, entertainment and events, and continuing the committee’s aim to make it a unique experience year on year.