We all know community festivals don't run themselves!
It takes an enthusiastic group of hard working and committed individuals to get the event up and running and it takes the tireless efforts of community volunteers to help out and see that the weekend is a huge success — rain, hail or shine.
It also takes a great deal of support from Birregurra's local businesses and we''d like to acknowledge their generous support — financial and in-kind — and with their participation in the festival and the various activities and competitions running.
In turn, we ask everyone to please support our local businesses with your custom during the festival and across the rest of the year - it's their success that makes our community thrive and our festival continue to be a success.
Once again, this year many local businesses have become official sponsors for the event and we say THANK YOU!
Birregurra Festival 2015 - Local Sponsors
Rayners Free Range Eggs
Matthew Silvey Plumbing
Forrest Timber Products - Birregurra
Delicious Otways Produce Creates a Buzz in the Media - Come to the festival to see what all the fuss is about!
Otway Fields - Preserves, Pickles & Vinegars
Dan Hunter loves their jams and so do we. What a recommendation - coming from The Age's Good Food Guide Chef of the Year in an article published on Tuesday 22nd September in The Age's Epicure. Read the full article HERE.
Ami and Franz Hillege grow all their produce organically on their small farm, Otway Fields in the Victorian Otways. Once fruit and vegetables are harvested, they then create wonderful preserves using their produce, based on favourite family recipes. These delicious products will be available under their 'Otway Fields' label at Birregurra Festival and at the Birregurra Sunday Markets starting in November.
Forrest Brewery - Award Winning Brews
It's been a busy few years for Sharon and Matt at Forrest Brewery and as the Herald Sun's Aaron Langmaid points out "Brother and sister brewers Matt and Sharon Bradshaw have helped turned the fortunes around for Forrest, a hamlet near Victoria’s Otways which slid into obscurity after the demise of the local logging industry."
We're very lucky to have this terrific place a short drive from Birregurra where we can get a great meal, enjoy a cold brew on a hot day and listen to some local music. And even with the dining hall and boutique brewery in full swing, Matt & Sharon always seem to find time to get involved with the Birregurra community, especially at the Birregurra Festival.
Once again this year, you will find the Forrest Brewery team pulling their small batch artisan beers from their mobile brewery - a fabulous vintage Airstream - in the Festival Food & Wine Precinct.
"The Forrest Brewing Company, which now employs nine full time locals and another 15 casuals and this year two brews — the stout and pale ale — were recognised at the Australian International Beer Awards." Herald Sun, Thursday 24th Sept 2015 (Photo: Nicole Cleary) Read the full article here.
Snap your favourite Birregurrian to win the 2015 Snapshots of Birregurra Competition and cash prizes up to $250.
BE CREATIVE, BE FUN, BE IMAGINATIVE!
Every day we witness vignettes of our favourite Birregurrians—whether it’s your grandad whiling away time on the lathe in his shed, Aunty June rounding up the sheep for shearing, your favourite trader in Main Street smiling cheekily through the window….you get the idea!
This year, we want YOU and your family to take candid or even fun or moving ‘set up’ portraits of our community members. Photos will be hung in traders windows from Fri 9th Oct to 18th Oct.
Entry forms and photo printing available at Birre General Store. Entry forms also available at Birre Community Health Centre.
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Entries close on 3rd Oct – drop off at Birre General Store.
There are 1st & 2nd prizes for Open Category and 13yrs and Under Category as well as a People Choice Award.
Winning photos will be framed and hung up in the community, and all photos will be archived at the Birregurra Historical Society for posterity.
Category winners announced Sunday 11th Oct on the main stage at the festival. Peoples Choice voting starts Fri 9th Oct and closes Sun 18th Oct - 1 vote per person, made at Festival info tent and Birre General Store.
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Birregurra Festival is seeking ‘international cuisine’ food stallholders for the Food & Wine precinct in one of Victoria's largest and most vibrant community street festivals.
The Birregurra Festival & Art Show is held this year on Sat 10 & Sun 11 October—attracting over 10,000 hungry visitors across the weekend. The festival's Food & Wine precinct is a vibrant licenced area of the festival with seating and shade for diners to enjoy a range of available hot food, local produce and locally produced wines and beers.
Please contact Vicki Jeffrey on 0419 367994 or email email@example.com to express your interest.
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