The 56th Indy Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or until supplies run out.
The First Annual Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10th 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding and Nate Gore, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in her hometown of Lymington, England. With Nate Gore, Church Sexton, the Cathedral Women thought they could both raise funds and have some fun.
The Christ Church Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn on that first festival in 1965. Nowadays the Cathedral Women solicit volunteers to make almost 20,000 shortcakes from scratch. The annual festival is a fundraiser with proceeds going directly to organizations like YMCA at the Athenaeum, School on Wheels, TeenWorks and more.
Bulk pre-orders can be placed by downtown organizations and offices now by emailing [email protected]