FROM workshops and chefs to a market in Fish Creek and a fair in Foster, the Seachange Festival is all about showcasing the best the Prom Coast has to offer.
“This is the sixth Prom Coast Seachange Festival,” said Deb Bray, Chair of the festival organising committee. “Not only does each festival attract new participants but we now have a range of events that return again and again providing a solid base for the festival program.”
One such return-event is the extremely popular Fresh Fish Lunch at Port Franklin. What better way to appreciate the bounty of Corner Inlet than to lunch on fish pie made from locally caught fresh fish? Organised by Port Franklin Hall Committee, in conjunction with Yooralla, this luncheon always sells out quickly, so contact Janne McPhie (03) 5686 2284 to reserve your seat for Friday 24 March.
Traditionally known as the Street Lunch the Seachange Fun Food Fair is the festival within the Festival. With the main street of Foster turned over to musicians and performers on Saturday 25 March, local community groups, vendors and businesses will offer a variety of food and fare. Try your hand at a ukulele or hula hoop workshop and performance, get your coins out for the 50 cent challenge, bring your well behaved pooch along to the Doggies in Cozzies Pet-tacular, be enchanted by mesmerising circus, magical mime, exquisite puppetry, curious clowns, accordion music and storytelling of The Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder, or just relax and enjoy the variety of musicians playing in the street.
Renowned for its produce and community spirit, the Manna Community Garden in Foster is hosting an Edible Fungi Workshop on Saturday 25 March. Enter the fascinating world of fungi with foraging educator Doris Pozzi, an expert at finding edible plants and fungus. Contact Juneen Schulz on (03) 5682 1101 to book.
Continuing the food focus, the Manna Gum Community House has two cooking events on the Seachange Festival program. Join in on a fun and practical group session on Tuesday 28 March with Kelly Collard and Noelle Bonin who will teach you how to prepare simple Vietnamese Seafood Rice Paper Rolls. Take the opportunity to meet new people and share a delicious meal with food of your own creation.
Internationally trained chef Tam Waters, having worked in restaurants in Europe and run her own catering business, specialises in seafood and will Take the Fear Out of Fish Cooking at her workshop on Thursday 30 March. Bookings for both cooking events can be made directly with the Manna Gum Community House (03) 5682 1101.
The award winning Greenhouse Restaurant is holding a cellar door tasting and sales event featuring Gippsland’s premium producers. Wine Party @ The Greenhouse will also offer a welcome pack, hors d’oeuvres and tasting platters, and the kitchen will be open for orders. Book with the restaurant (03) 5682 1930 for Saturday 1 April and be entertained by John Rees of Men At Work.
Bruce Pascoe, author of renowned book ‘Dark Emu’, provides food for thought over a 3-course dinner incorporating locally sourced ingredients. Can the past lead us to a more sustainable future? Could indigenous farming methods feed our community now? Join Bruce in pondering these questions by booking for April 1 via the Seachange Festival website or by contacting Catherine 0407 543 371.
The final day of the festival, April 2, offers the Kitchen Garden Workshop at Waratah Hills Vineyard. Donna Robinson will take you on a fascinating journey into the practical world of garden design, maintenance and companion planting. Bookings can be made directly through the vineyard (03) 5683 2441 and includes a delicious morning tea in the garden.
On the same day, the township of Fish Creek will be buzzing with the excitement and activity of the Seachange Makers Market. Offering an eclectic mix of stallholders selling local produce and handcrafted products, market day will feature music, fun and activities for all to enjoy, including busking, circle dancing and the Fly High and Far paper plane workshop and challenge. The market and festivities start at 10am and centre around the Fish Creek Hall and Falls Road.
“With a little under four weeks to go, we encourage locals to invite friends along and for regular holiday makers and visitors to the region to put the festival ‘extended weekends’ in their diary,” adds Deb Bray. “The Prom Coast is a spectacular place and the festival provides a good variety of ways to explore and enjoy it.” For full program details visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.