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Mirboo North Winterfest Returns This August

The tiny hilltop community of Mirboo North is bouncing back after the devastating storm that hit in February 2024. Embracing their bushland surroundings, the locals are gearing up for a resilient celebration of food, arts, and culture that brightens even the darkest winter days.

Reimagined in 2022 from the town’s long-running Arty Gras event, the Mirboo North Winterfest has become a standout on the Gippsland calendar, attracting visitors from near and far. This year’s festivities kick off on Saturday, 3rd August, promising a packed program of festival vibes.

Saturday Highlights

From 4pm, Baromi Park will come alive with food and drink stalls. Festival-goers can look forward to refreshments from renowned local legends such as Sailors Grave Brewing, Gurneys Cider, and South Gippsland Gin Co. A variety of food trucks will offer tantalising treats to complement the drinks.

Entertainment will be abundant throughout the afternoon and evening. Drumming and dance workshops will set the festive tone, leading up to the stunning Ridgway Lantern Parade at dusk. As night falls, fire performances will warm the crowd, and live music from Ally Row will serenade attendees from the iconic Mirboo North Winterfest Tipi.

The night doesn’t end there. At 8:45pm, the Mirboo North Shire Hall will host Skazz, a band that blends the dynamic styles of Ska and Jazz. Their energetic mix, inspired by Jamaican music, promises an unforgettable experience with offbeat skank grooves, rocksteady rhythms, reggae, jazz, and afro-latin beats.

Sunday Recovery

Sunday, 4th August, will offer a more relaxed pace with the Artisans Market running from 9am to 2pm. Visitors can unwind in the Tipi with live music and indulge in a variety of food stalls.

Community Spirit

The Mirboo North Winterfest is organised by Mirboo Country Development Inc (MCDI) and supported by Regional Development Victoria, Events Gippsland, South Gippsland Shire Council, Mirboo North and District Community Foundation, and the Community Bank Mirboo North & District. This event is a testament to the resilience and community spirit of Mirboo North, turning a challenging year into a vibrant celebration.

The Specifics:

What: Mirboo North Winterfest
When: 3 & 4 August
Where: Throughout Mirboo North
For more information, head to the Mirboo North Winterfest website.

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