East Gippsland News Weekend

7 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend East Gippsland Winter Festival has reached its final week and there is no shortage of events to satisfy your social palette. This weekend is a feast of music and lights, while next weekend has something for lovers of food, wine, beer, entertainment and everything that is winter across East Gippsland. HIGHLIGHTS JULY 13 - White Night Dinner Party and Fundraiser, at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club: A sumptuous three course white dinner will be prepared by famous local chef Jenny Boyle. There is mystery entertainment, secret raffles with great prizes, music and dancing. Guests will put on their best "White Attire" and help the Kingfisher Dragon Boat Club celebrate all that is wonderful in East Gippsland. - Metung Winter Market, on Metung Village Green: Head along to the Metung Winter Market from 8am to 12.30pm. Local stallholders will be in attendance with winter produce including fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and fungi, preserves, breads and baked goods, kombucha, handcrafted chocolates, ready-to-eat foods plus homemade clothing, woodwork and artisan made items. Wander the market, enjoy shopping in the crisp fresh air and spend time in beautiful Metung's waterfront village. - Songs from the East, at Bruthen Inn: A concert that celebrates the original music born out of East Gippsland. Join eight original artists for a special showcase of stories, songs and good times. Featuring: IO, Mike Elrington, Ally Row, Todd Cook & the Rufous Whistlers, Gerry Laughton, Raven & the Dove, Anna Scionti, Olivia Lay and Christine Watterson. - A Night of Blues: The Buddy Knox Project, at Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion: Buddy Knox, renowned blues guitarist, and Gomeroi Elder from Tamworth, presents a captivating night of blues alongside his band – The Buddy Knox Project. During 2024 NAIDOC Week as Buddy delivers soulful songs in both language and English, applying his genuine storytelling to past and present experiences. Known as a masterful guitarist, Buddy has earnt comparisons to legends like BB King. In this two-hour show, Buddy Knox will showcase his unique style by blending a mix of soul and blues favourites. Don't miss this opportunity to witness Buddy Knox, a true Australian icon, as he shares a night filled with soulful blues and heartfelt narratives. - Paynesville Water and Lights, at Paynesville Esplanade: Take part in the Lantern Parade along the foreshore and enjoy the stunning water and land-based light installations. The parade will finish at Gilsenan Reserve where there be food vans and a family outdoor movie night, including popcorn. JULY 14 - Omeo Region Kite Day, at Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve: The Omeo Region Kite Day is on Sunday, July 14, from 10.30am onwards, at the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve. Join residents of the Omeo Region in a fun-filled day of kites, stalls and food. JULY 19 - Buchan's Christmas in July Closing Event, at Buchan Butter Factory: Deciding that one Christmas just isn't enough this year, Buchan is set to celebrate "Christmas in July" with three weeks of festive events and activities to warm you from the inside out. Friday, July 19 sees the end of the three-week celebration back at the Butter Factory with live music from Delsinki, festive fare, food trucks, warm mead, Sailors Grave beers and mid-winter fun from 5.30pm. JULY 20 - Deep in the Weeds, at Marlo Hotel: Join Sailors Grave Brewing for their infamous Deep in the Weeds Festival at a special venue in 2024 - the Marlo Hotel. Head along and celebrate the final weekend of the month-long East Gippsland Winter Festival in style with great tunes, delicious food and of course, Sailors Grave's weird and wonderful beers. - Bruthen Band Hall Bash, at Bruthen Mechanics Hall: Local acts from East Gippsland and beyond showcasing original Australian music. Your MC will be the one and only 'The Dusty Minstrel'. This guy has one of the biggest collections of milk crates in the southern hemisphere. There's rumour that the rare deep maroon coloured Loy's Milk Crate might even make an appearance on the night. Acts include: The Pegs, Electric Yeti, Snowy Jammers, Small Town Alien & The Dusty Minstrel Show. - Outdoor Movie Night, at Eastwood Oval: Go and enjoy a free outdoor movie night brought to you by the East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors and FReeZA crew. Remember to rug and keep warm this winter and join the team at the Eastwood Oval. JULY 21 - Long Paddock High Tea, at La Riva: Savour an unforgettable High Tea created by The Long Paddock at La Riva. A large range of Yarra Vally tea, accompanied by twists on classic sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd, and a large selection of Long Paddock's best pastries. Final week of the festival