Festival puts paid to winter blues for 4000 patrons
“All accommodation in and around Milawa was booked out, and we sent a lot of visitors into Wangaratta.
“The major venues also enjoyed good bookings for their events, and the farmers’ market, a new attraction this year, proved that the markets could be held seasonally, and the possibility of presenting selected events during the whole of the year was also discussed.
“We had around 3000 people at the festival last year, and we think there would have been up to 4000 this year,” she said.
“People came from a long way to attend, with visitors from the capital cities as well as a lot of people who were enjoying school holiday breaks along the Murray, in particular the Yarrawonga and Cobram areas.
“The bus from Wangaratta also proved a hit with locals, and we are looking at possibly extending that to Albury next year,” she said.
Ms Titcumb said that financially, it was important the festival become self-funding, and the good crowds over the last three days had assisted greatly in that regard.
THE winter blues disappeared for around 4000 people who flocked to the Milawa Gourmet Region at the weekend.
Visitors from Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and the local area made the most of the Milawa Gourmet Region’s Winter Blues ‘n Jazz Festival from Friday through till yesterday.
And chairperson of the festival committee, Maureen Titcumb, said there were already plans to extend the festival even further next year.
“It was fantastic. We heard so many positive comments and really nothing negative,” she said. IN FULL VOICE: Local muscians, Paul Hicks (right) and Paul Jonan, entertain those at Rose Hill Estate winery on Saturday.