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East Gippsland Winter Festival 2024!

East Gippsland has something for everyone this coming week. There are markets, music and adventure on offer. 

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East Gippsland Winter Festival 2024!

The not to be missed East Gippsland Winter Festival fires up for the fourth consecutive year and ignites the winter solstice from 21 June to 21 July 2024. Celebrating “HOW WE WINTER” in East Gippsland, visitors and locals will experience the best of the region during a month-long festival of art, performance, music and gastronomy.

Renowned as one of the largest winter festival programs in Australia, this year’s festival coincides with the Victorian school holidays and features dozens of free events and activities, offering an affordable family-friendly winter getaway.

With a richly diverse schedule, there's something for everyone seeking a magical winter escape. Prepare to be enchanted by over 100 events scattered across the region, showcasing the natural splendour of East Gippsland from live music in unexpected places, lakeside wellness experiences, winter feasts in spectacular locations, and more.

“Our region’s culture has a chance to shine thanks to the East Gippsland Winter Festival. The festival is a fantastic showcase of our region’s people, places, food - a celebration of the best of our shire,” East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tom Crook said.

"So, mark your diary and join us for our month-long journey through art, performance, music and community connection.”

Highlights of this year’s Festival Program include:

    • 21 June: World Bathing Day Sunrise Bathe & Picnic Breakfast - watch the sunrise from the Hilltop Escarpment of Metung Hot Springs as you bathe and picnic perched above Lake King.
    • 22 June: Medieval Winter Fire Festival, Bruthen – be transported back in time at the Medieval Winter Fire Festival, featuring thrilling sword fights, bonfires, lively music, medieval costumes, and fireside feasting. Fun for all ages!
    • 24 - 26 June: High Country Lunch at Moscow Villa Hut – an ‘off-grid’ lunch series hosted by well-regarded local chef, Stuart Derham, located in an iconic high-country hut at Nunniong amongst the peaks of East Gippsland's alpine range.
    • 29 June: Guy Grossi x Sodafish Collaboration Lunch, Lakes Entrance - “Inverno” a winter feast inspired by local produce and Italian tradition. Hosted by Guy Grossi and Nick Mahlook at Sodafish, floating amongst the Lakes Entrance fishing fleet.
    • 6 July: Lakes Lights: Enchanted Shores, Lakes Entrance Foreshore– a mesmerising spectacular of artist-made lantern sculptures, roaming performers, and lighting projections will create a whimsical world on the Lakes Entrance Foreshore, with food trucks and live music.
    • 13 July: Water & Lights, Paynesville - rug up for a magical night by the water with a lakeside lantern parade passing lighting installations off the jetties of Paynesville, then settle in for a family-friendly outdoor cinema night and food truck fare!
    • 20 July: Deep In The Weeds at Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost – Sailor’s Grave Brewing's infamous 'Deep in the Weeds' festival returns at a new venue in 2024 - the Marlo Hotel! Expect punk rock, weird and wonderful beers and a great time.

To learn more about the festival program at East Gippsland Winter Festival | A festival of mid-winter events right across East Gippsland (egwinterfest.com.au)

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