The tradition is back! We were as disappointed as anyone to skip the 2020 Strawberry Festival, so we are thrilled to announce that the Cathedral Women’s 2021 Strawberry Festival will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2. By pushing the event to later this Fall, we hope to be further into the public health recovery where volunteers and participants can safely enjoy their shortcakes.
In prior years, and with the help of 300 volunteers from the church and local agencies, the women have raised around $60,000 to $70,000 annually, which goes straight back to the community in the form of project grants. Recipient agencies in the recent past include: Exodus Refugee Immigration, Resources of Hope, Inc., Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis, Joy’s House, School on Wheels, TeenWorks, Peace Learning Center, and many more.
The first inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10, 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding and Church Sexton Nate Gore, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in Harding’s hometown of Lymington, England. That year, the Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn, and sold out within the first two hours. In recent years, 20,000 shortcakes have been made annually for the Festival.
Shortcakes will be offered for sale from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or until supplies run out. Bulk orders will be available for pick-up beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about this annual tradition at www.indystrawberryfestival.org.