Definition of church fête in English:

church fête

noun

  • 1A church festival, especially in continental Europe (now rare); compare "fête".

  • 2An event featuring bazaars, amusements, competitions, etc., organized by a church, typically to raise money for charity or for the church itself.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George P. R. James (1801–1860), novelist.