East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

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East Gippsland will come alive this winter with the launch of its new East Gippsland Winter Festival which celebrates all things art, food, music, beer and wine. The festival, which runs from June 18 to July 11, will showcase the villages and towns of the east through a series of pop-up events, cultural activities, exhibitions and workshops.

The program, can be found at https://egwinterfest.com.au/ includes inspiring day time experiences and night time activities. So, pack your winter woollies, book in your friends and plan a weekend away in East Gippsland during winter.

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said the East Gippsland Winter Festival will be a fantastic addition to the region’s events calendar. “For tourist operators not linked to the ski season, winter is a bit of an untapped market with plenty of opportunity for growth. The events that are part of the festival will attract people to our region during the quieter months, and show everyone that East Gippsland is a great destination all year round. Council is a proud sponsor of this event and I am sure it will be well-supported by locals and visitors alike.” 

The weekend of 26 June is brimming with activities including the Lakes Lights Festival – set to be a highlight event. It will feature a jetty based, lakeside augmented and virtual reality installation surrounded by a parade of lights that will traverse the footbridge to explore the light sculptures dedicated to East Gippsland's returning flora, fauna and the famous Bogong Moth. The Nicholson River Winery will host a Winter Love Matchmaking night for singles over 40 and Omeo will host a Bonfire, Burgers and Banter pop-up event.

The festival continues into July with the weekend of July 3-4 a night of hearty winter foods in Lakes Entrance, all sourced locally and served with Gippsland Wines and Beers at The Slow Movement Community Dinner. Enjoy the night with live music, live performances, woodfire pits and spectacular light displays. July 9 to 11 is the last weekend of the festival which will see a Winter Tunes Music Camp in Marlo, an adventure race in Metung and Food Truck Festival at Mallacoota.

On the final day, Sunday 11 July, local chef Rob Turner of Northern Ground will be feature chef at a long table style event at Kings Cove, Metung to celebrate local food, wine and cooking. Ticket holders will tour the Metung Hot Springs site and have the opportunity to try the pop-up bathing tubs.

W: https://egwinterfest.com.au/

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