AS 2020 draws to a close (and most of us will agree good riddance) and we can all start enjoying seeing family and friends again, the volunteer Bi Annual Prom Coast Festival committee are working hard in conjunction with community groups, businesses and sponsors throughout South Gippsland to organise an exciting, covid safe program for the 2021 Festival.
The last few months have left the group feeling a little daunted at times as the extraordinary circumstances of 2020 saw so many of the popular festivals and events we all normally enjoy cancelled and it seemed the Prom Coast Festival too might not proceed, but the team kept on pushing forward against all odds and slowly a ‘doable’ program emerged.
The 2021 Festival program celebrates ‘People, Place and Produce’ of South Gippsland and the current plan is to proceed with a full program of slightly modified events designed to be covid safe and more inclusive of the whole community than ever before.
Scheduled to run on the Labour Day long weekend in March from the evening of Friday March 5 until the evening of Monday March 8, the 2021 Prom Coast Festival will sport a bright upbeat new look, brand and website thanks to the talented Emma Barrett from Fish Creek design company Empire Collective.
The Festival supports and promotes a vast range of events organised by local communities and will include the very popular and upscaled family Picnic in the Park in Foster, with live music, food vans and a fabulous family friendly lantern parade and lantern display finale. The much loved Fish Creek Children’s Literature Festival, reimagined to be covid safe and the Fish Creek Film Society showing on the Friday night will be on the program.
New events include a progressive gourmet picnic organised by the wonderful food producers from the Prom Coast Food Collective. A new action packed and socially distanced Mountain Bike Race and a Foster Funny Festival with headline comedy acts (because after 2020 we all need a good laugh) Plus old favorites like The Welshpool Flower Show, which grows from strength to strength, Agnes Falls Open Day and the popular and delicious show case of local cooking talent the ‘The Great Bakeoff’.
Lynne Lyon the Chair said “With so many local people and businesses having such a hard time in 2020 and so many popular local events having to be cancelled or facing cancellation this year and next, we felt it so important for the people of South Gippsland and all our friends and supporters in Victoria and beyond to have something really good to look forward to in 2021. As a not for profit event, while we have retained support from long term partner Bendigo Bank, we need more funding from both commercial and government sources to ensure the best events possible in 2021. Our AGM Is at 5.30pm on Monday December 14 at Max’s Café, Prom Country Lodge in Foster.”
All are welcome to attend and if anyone from the community would like to assist with funding or has great ideas for new events they would be welcomed with open arms.