Fes­ti­val puts paid to win­ter blues for 4000 pa­trons

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“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.

PHOTO: Si­mone Gladi­gau. very pop­u­lar. “We fo­cused very much on pre­sent­ing the pro­duce of the area, and the vis­i­tors re­ally en­joyed meet­ing and talk­ing with the grow­ers them­selves.” Ms Titcumb said that one of the early sug­ges­tions was

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.

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