The Martinborough Fair
The Martinborough Fair Craft market is usually run in Martinborough, South Wairarapa on the first Saturdays of February and March..
The South Wairarapa District Council issues a blanket hawker's license to the Martinborough Fair for the use of the public spaces in a defined area around the Town. We divide that area into stall sites and rent the space to applicants. The money from that rental pays for the Fair administration and all profit is given to charities throughout the year by the South Wairarapa Rotary Club, who owns the Martinborough Fair.
Applications usually open in October each year but will open in December for the 2023 Markets. Read more
Applications are collated and await payment before processing.
Once an application is paid, we check on the proposed product range and the site plan and allocate a site from the pre-defined site layouts. Stalls are not set up randomly. Many stallholders have been coming for years, and we try to protect their claim to the site they have held previously. When an application is approved, a 'Pass Pack' is sent out by email. It consists of a sheet specifying the site allocated, and any additional facilities allocated, such as Trestle tables, power or Food license fees and a tax invoice - usually showing a zero balance. A proforma invoice can be provided if an organisation requires one for generating payment.
Stall site layout
The town is divided into sectors for the purpose of allocating stall sites to applicants. Each sector is further divided into a number of stall sites in such a way as to make the most of the area we have available. Sites are then allocated to stall site applicants.
Our system has been designed to allow only one site per application, and that used to be a 6x3 site only. We have recently set up some 3x3 sites (half-site).
Multi-site applications can be achieved by making multiple separate stall applications, applying for one site on each one and paying separately.
NOTE: Sites are laid out as in the maps. If you had a 6x3 site previously (say OX22), if you ask for a 3x3 site, you will be moved to a site that size. We will not split existing sites. Similarly, if you had a 3x3, we will not expand it - you will be moved.
Sites are marked out on fair-ground segment maps. We have decided to use a static layout with stall sizes and positions set prior to the Fair days as either half (nominally 3mx3m, or full (nominally 6mx3m). Some sites may be a slightly different size due to the presence of obstacles, but we try to maintain a fair allocation of space so that at least the stated area will be available. In some cases, trees or poles may make erection of a tent or other shelter, or the use of a trailer/van difficult, or even impossible.
We do not change the site sizes - either to increase or decrease - so if you ask to change from one to another, you will normally expect to be moved to another site of the size requested.
Fees cover both Fair days (February and march)
- Stall site - 6x3 metres - $390
- Stall site 3x3 metres - $240
- Power - $120
- Health & Safety (food preparation and/or consumption on site) - $80
- Foodstall License (food packaged for off-site consumption) - $30
- Trestle Tables - hire rate per table - $40.00 (covers both fair days)
Martinborough Fair Trust
Please put an identifier with your deposit so we can trace your payment. If you submit an on-line application, you will receive a confirmation email with your Application ID number on it, if not, use your phone number or email address as a reference.
NOTE: if you have us in your payees list, please make sure you update the reference number.
If you are selling ANYTHING intended for human consumption, either at the Fair or after, you must have a District Council-issued Food Stall License.
There are two food stall categories to choose from on the Stall Application form;
- Food/Drink (for consumption on site) - This is for any food that is processed in your stall and/or provided to be consumed at the fair.
- Food/Drink (Other) - This is intended to be for any food that is pre-packaged and is intended to be taken away and consumed off-site.
Other stall categories like artisan and natural product lines might include food so if your selected category is one we think applies, you will be asked about that during application.
Registered food businesses will be required to provide a copy of their food business registration certificate, and to send in an updated version if the current one expires before the March Fair Date.
Here are a couple of links to Council advice on food handling and food safety.
Food safety tips at occasional events
Increase your chances - get in early
Applications for the Fairs open on the 1st October each year. (postponed to 1 December for 2023 only)
Returning stallholders have preferential booking during the opening month to apply and pay for their previous year's site.
After the opening month, ALL remaining sites are open for general allocation.
For first time applicants, early application and site payment could increase your chances of gaining a site. To make applying easier, register as a website user on this site so that you can be included in our mailing list and have automatic access to the application form when we open.
Priority stall allocation is given to stall holders who attended the previous Fair(s) until end of the opening month. From beginning of the following month, all remaining stall sites are allocated on a site availability, product suitability, first-come, first-served basis. We place previous stallholder requests first, and then evaluate and place new applicants.
While every effort is made to accommodate stallholder needs and site requirements, the Fair organisers reserve the right to make site allocation changes as required, in order to best serve the interests of the Fair.
You snooze - you lose!
Stallholders who miss a Fair without letting us know, may lose their site priority consideration even if they have held it for some time. This has a positive effect for others opening the way for new stallholder applicants and for those who wish to change to other sites.
Knowledge is power
In order to give yourself the best chance of gaining a first time stall at the Fair, make sure your application gives us a clear idea of what you are proposing and what your stall will look like. Our decisions are governed by the desire to provide an interesting, eclectic and fun-filled day for our fair-goers.