IT HAS been two years since the last one and this year’s Prom Coast Seachange Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. After months of careful preparation, finally this week the eagerly anticipated festival is here.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan will officially open the festival this Friday evening in Foster’s main hall.
Featuring more than 40 events showcasing the creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape of the Prom Coast region, the Seachange Festival will run until Monday.
“The Seachange Festival is a great example of communities coming together, pooling their talents, and building an event that draws wide attention to this magnificent region,” Mr Ryan said.
“Events such as the Sunday Street Food Festival, the Port Franklin Fresh Fish Lunch and the Sustainable Farm and Food Tour are great examples of how local producers and traders can promote their wares and provide an authentic and enjoyable experience for festival-goers.”
Chair of the festival organising committee Deb Bray said the Prom Coast Seachange Festival celebrates the Prom Coast as a region with a diversity of opportunity that makes it a great place to live in or visit.
“What better way to get to know an area and its community than to join in when there’s an event that showcases its people, products and places!” Mrs Bray said.
“The festival’s program of events is rich and wide-ranging and is a result of the enthusiasm and hard work of locals, community groups, traders and regional agencies in organising and supporting events.
“Equally, we have to thank our sponsors, Tourism Victoria, Esso and BHP Billiton, Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches and South Gippsland Shire Council for their funding and support.”
The festival will run from April 25 to 29, and program brochures are available from a variety of local shops, galleries, cafes and from Bendigo Bank branches.
Mr Ryan will officially open the festival at 6pm on Friday at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.
Further details about events and bookings can be found online at www.promcoastseachangefestival.org or via the festival’s Facebook page.