Download the program here. The festival also features:
Cooking demonstrations. See our celebrity chef and others create gastronomic masterpieces.
Listen to cool tunes. Sit back and relax to an eclectic mix of the blues, contemporary, pop rock and funk.
Marvel at Dazzling Dan the Magic Man and his amazing tricks.
Let The Party Girl entertain your children. Face painting and balloon animals are her speciality.
See the work of local artists’ at our Art exhibition.
Picnic. Bring along a picnic blanket, gather delicious goodies from the exhibitors and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the lawns of the historic Pirra Homestead.
- Preserves Competition. Is your jam the best?
The festival operates from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Master & Apprentice Cooking Competition
In our Master & Apprentice Cooking Competition leading local chefs team up with VET in School Culinary students from The Gordon. The chefs mentor and work with their student to compete against another Master & Apprentice team. Our celebrity chef, Iain Huey Hewitson will help judge the competition.
The Gordon VET in School Culinary students hail from local secondary collages.
Donut Eating Competition
In 2018 we featured a Donut Eating Competition for the kids for the first time. Proudly sponsored by the local Lara Rod's Bakery.
You loved it so much we're doing it again. So get ready to enjoy all that doughy goodness.
Kids aged 8 - 12 can register on the day to compete in one of our many heats throughtout the day. Winners of each heat go into the grand final.
The overall winner receive lots of yummy Rod's Bakery donuts to take home.
Our MasterClass Marquee offers how-to classes all day. Our classes for the 2019 festival are:
10:45am Masterclass presenter no. 1 (tba)
11:45pm Tea Master – How to Brew the perfect cuppa
12:45pm Cheese making demonstration by Janet Clayton from Cheeselinks
1:45pm Decadent desserts by Brendan Hill from The Gordon. Learn more about Brendan below.
2:45pm Alcoholic Kombucha demonstration by Rainer Rainer Spoljaric from Botanical Brew
Brendan Hill, 40 years of achievements, an Australian Guru in the pastry industry
Brendan Hill has worked for close to 40 years with The Gordon TAFE. During this time he has travelled the world as judge and competitor in dozens of cookery and patisserie world cups and competitions.
Brendan’s resume is simply a blast of success, showing one achievement after the other. And an international Judge to numerous gold medals and the prestigious Black Hat, Brendan's talent as a patissier and chocolatier proceed him.
It is an unmissable opportunity to meet with one of the best professional pastry chefs in Australia, culinary author, and international judge; specialised in chocolate, artistic sugar, marzipan, confectionery and much more, Brendan’s highest achievements have seen him presenting showpieces to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales.