Festival of Roses market draws 5000


by Molly Houseman

For the 19th year, Timaru has welcomed in the summer season by smelling the roses.

While the weather did not necessarily play its part, it did not deter about 5000 people from attending the Festival of Roses’ biggest event.

Festival director Chris Thomas said Market Day once again prevailed as the main attraction across the three-day event, which ran from Friday to Sunday.

A new programme, which involved an exhibition of Christchurch costume and design artist Jenny Gillies’ floral wearable art pieces, also proved popular.

A lot of work went into the two runways that showcased 15 of Gillies’ elaborate costumes and included a performance from Timaru classical soloist Ella Thomas.

Their hard work paid off, as the Friday night show was almost sold out, Mr Thomas said.

Despite the weather being not so “kind”, the festival had not disappointed.

There were plenty of interesting and new stalls, and many of the food stalls were so popular they ended up selling out, he said.

“The roses were outstanding and people were having fun.”

That was a good indicator of a successful event for Mr Thomas.

While it was too early to say what would be involved next year, he hoped there would be a return of international visitors.

Organising an event under the uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic brought proved challenging and some events were cut from the programme.

Mr Thomas was eager to bring those back for an even bigger festival year next year.Sport media2020 Jordan 1 High Dark Mocha 555088-105 On Sale