FinCity Fest idea

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The proac­tive Fin­ley for Fu­ture com­mit­tee has de­vel­oped a new con­cept to help cel­e­brate Fin­ley and help grow its econ­omy.

The group, which is a sub-com­mit­tee of the Fin­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, will host the in­au­gu­ral FinCity Food and Mu­sic Fest in con­junc­tion with Oc­to­ber Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

A spe­cial twi­light mar­ket will be hosted on Oc­to­ber 17, in con­junc­tion with the new con­cept.

In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional mar­ket stalls show­cas­ing lo­cal pro­duce, crafts and other items, there will be live mu­sic and other en­ter­tain­ment. There will also be a greater fo­cus on the food el­e­ments of the mar­ket, with lo­cal eater­ies and com­mu­nity groups en­cour­aged to host food and drink stalls.

Fin­ley Cham­ber sec­re­tary Sue Hill said they hope the new fes­ti­val could de­velop into an­other key event for the Fin­ley re­gion.

‘‘We want this to be a great night for the com­mu­nity to get to­gether, ex­pe­ri­ence some de­li­cious lo­cal food and en­joy the show­case of our lo­cal tal­ented mu­si­cians,’’ Ms Hill said.

‘‘At this stage, we have ap­proached lo­cal busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate to keep the money in Fin­ley and hope­fully the event will grow so we can have more out­side par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Matt Han­nan, who is in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the farm­ers’ mar­ket, ap­plauded the new fes­ti­val idea and said it was a chance to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

‘‘The idea stemmed from the suc­cess­ful farm­ers’ mar­kets we’ve hosted in the past on Satur­day morn­ings,’’ he said.

‘‘The com­mit­tee dis­cussed ideas of try­ing to im­prove the mar­kets and draw a big­ger crowd, and from those dis­cus­sions we came up with the idea of a twi­light mar­ket.’’

Any­one who wants to be in­volved should con­tact Ms Hill on 0408 831 309 or email info@fin­

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