Celebrating community life, the Birregurra Festival and Art Show combines the best in local gourmet food and wine with modern agriculture and regional artists.
Now in its 18th year, the festival continues to support the community, with all money raised going straight back into it and becoming one of the state’s ‘must visits’ with over ten thousand people expected to attend.
Every year the festival is a real feast of family friendly fun with high quality musicians from the area and further afield, delectable food and wine from the Otways region and a smorgasbord market of arts, crafts and local products over the weekend.
And with the amazing festival, comes one of Australia’s hottest multi instrumentalists and former Melbourne busker with the sonic power of a full band, Reuben Stone, headlining the event. With a well-polished live show that has earned him support slots for Pharrell Williams and Tash Sultana, Stone is a coup for this year’s festival held on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October.
Festival organiser Vicki Jeffrey says this year’s festival will again provide a vibrant range of entertainment for the whole family.
“Andy Forssman, the Festival Entertainment coordinator, has put together another great line up of live music including well known up and coming artists plus our own incredible local music groups,” she says.
“Reuben Stone joins a solid line up of music talent and sees the return of festival favourites, The MikMaks, who are playing on Sunday morning. Returning are popular regulars, the 100 plus choir, Orchestral Manouvres in the Marsh, Birregurra Ukulele Kollective, and the Colac Rock ‘n’ Rollers who bring dancing to the street. And who can resist the opening strains of the Colac and District Pipe Band which heralds the beginning of the festival early on Saturday morning.”
Also performing at the festival is Kit Watts, Localles and Geelong locals Residual.
The festival kicks off 7.30pm on the Friday (October 13), with the opening of the nationally regarded Birregurra Arts Show. With a prize pool of over $6,000, the art show attracts over 300 entries from across Australia and provides visitors the perfect opportunity to start or add to their own original art collection.
The always buzzing Food and Wine area will showcase the vast array of wonderful local produce from around The Otways area, much of which is heralded by Dan Hunter from Brae and Simon Stewart from other local dining gem, Bespoke Harvest.
On offer will be local wines, craft beers, local cider and small batch berry gin, along with plenty of food to enjoy including mussels, calamari, Turkish, Vietnamese, Greek and Mexican food. Yum!
For a gold coin donation, visitors can enjoy all that’s on offer at Birregurra Festival, which also includes the more traditional country festival offerings of vintage cars, The Garden Hub, market stalls, children arts and activities, camel rides, wood chop and much more.
When & Where: Birregurra – October 14 – 15, from 10am to 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.
For more info visit the website.