One of Australia’s hottest multi instrumentalists and former Melbourne busker with the sonic power of a full band, Reuben Stone, headlines Birregurra Festival 2017. 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.
After a year of high profile wins for Birregurra, with Dan Hunter’s Brae Restaurant making it to number 44 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the community being selected for Regional Arts Victoria’s $350k Small Town Transformation initiative, this sleepy town is fast becoming one of the most exciting communities in the South West Victorian region.
Now in its 16th year, Birregurra Festival and Art Show has developed into one of the state’s ‘must visits’ with over ten thousand people expected to attend. The festival, entirely community run with the goal of raising money for community projects, is a 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 smorgasboard market of arts, crafts and local products. It is a colourful celebration of regional community life and has earned its growing reputation of one of the first major regional places to be on the festival Spring calendar.
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 co-ordinator, has put together another great line up of live music including well known up and coming artists plus our own incredible local music groups”
“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.”
The festival kicks off 7.30pm Friday October 13 with the opening 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. “And there will be plenty of food to enjoy mussels, calamari, Turkish, Vietnamese, Greek and Mexican food.” says Jeffery
“Our festival is a big deal for the community” says Vicki Jeffery. “It’s not-for-profit and is the major source of fundraising for local community groups. Just about every resident has a role to play over the weekend and visitors to the festival have a wonderful experience and can see the enormous effort put in.”
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. Visitors are encouraged to start their day with a visit to the Information Tent, where they can pick up a program and, most importantly, purchase a raffle ticket that offers ticket holders the chance to dine at the award winning Brae Restaurant.
The Birregurra Festival and Art Show is on the second full weekend in October from 10am to 5pm every year. Entry is a gold coin donation. These donations contribute to the continued operation of this community festival. To keep up to date with all the festival news, music line up, updates and program, follow the facebook page at www.facebook.com/birregurrafestival, on Twitter@Birrefest and via the website www.birregurrafestival.com
Media Contact: Vicki Jeffrey
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