The seventh biennial Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival returns from next weekend

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The seventh biennial Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival returns from next weekend

Words by Staff Writer

The whistles from kettles will be loud in Fish Creek from Saturday 18 May until Sunday 26 May as the biennial Tea Cosy Festival takes over the town.

Fish Creek’s biennial wholesome event the Tea Cosy Festival steams into the town across the week of Saturday 18 May until Sunday 26 May showcasing the creativity and hospitality of the community, with festival organisers claiming 2024 as the best year yet.

Fish Creeks Tea Cosy Festival Details

  • When: Saturday 18 May until Sunday 26 May
  • Where: Various galleries and halls across Fish Creek

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Returning visitors will rejoice in the event’s flagship competition comeback – the Tea Cosy Competition which this year has already received over 200 entries as exhibited daily. Entries have been sent from across the nation and across international waters for this years theme of Celebrations and Celebrities. The Royal Family, ABC pooches, The Bluey Family, Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, the Muppets, Frieda Kahlo, Matt Preston, Collingwood captain Darcy Moore and Dame Edna are just some of the familiar faces that will be keeping teapots warm. From the traditional knit cosies to the innovate methods of cosy making like ceramics, clock parts, aluminium can ring pulls and more, the competition is high this year.

With cafes and galleries across Fish Creek participating, the program boasts special exhibitions by local artists, engaging workshops including how to create rope for recycled materials and Tea Tonic’s Food is Medicine, and hospitality treats such as a Devonshire Tea, High Tea and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Additionally Bendigo Bank Village Market will be in full swing with street performances by dancers and musicians, jazz and soul music from The Purlers at the Fish Pub and a Short Film Festival are other festival highlights.

The volunteer run festival is a fantastic way to spend the week. But it’s also a great way to support the local community. The small community of Fish Creek is home to a local footy match between two Gippsland clubs who have been hit hard over recent months – Fish Creek vs Mirboo North. The Fish Creek club rooms were destroyed by fire on 4 November while the Mirboo North football ground (and much of the town) were devastated by a cyclonic storm on 13 February. The festival aims to raise much needed funds for both sporting clubs.

For further information on the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival head here