Christ Church Cathedral Women's Strawberry Festival is a summertime tradition that has grown to become a hometown event uniting Hoosiers as they pause for a moment to venture out onto the Circle for a big bowl of cake, berries, ice cream and whipped topping. Inspired by the English tradition of the Strawberry 'Fete,' the first festival in 1965 served a crowd of 500 to support Cathedral Women's missionary work. Today Strawberry Festival serves crowds of upwards of 20,000 while continuing to support many non-profit organizations around the globe. Approximately 17,000 shortcakes, 9,000 pounds of berries, 600 gallons of ice cream, and 900 pounds of whipped topping will be consumed. Serving begins at 8:30 a.m. downstairs in the Parish Hall and 9:00 a.m. under the tents on the circle. The festival ends at 6:00 p.m.