The region will come to life with colour, food, and festivities when the Childers Festival kicks off on Thursday, 28 July until Sunday, 31 July.
In a jam-packed four-day program the town will showcase its rich history, celebrate its multicultural roots and delight with the talent of local artisans as hundreds of market stalls line the streets of Childers on Sunday.
Bundaberg Regional Council Acting Mayor Bill Trevor said the event was always a highlight for the Childers community, encouraging all visitors to immerse themselves in the fun and flavour set to take place across the four days.
“This is always a fantastic long weekend that sees many visitors from around the country travel to Childers to enjoy the exclusive events and a fabulous atmosphere that is created by passionate locals showcasing the very best of what our local community has to offer,” Acting Mayor Trevor said.
“As part of the program there will be an all-new Feathers and Scales Tour, while the famous Cane Fire Tours will light up the night and the wonderful Kate Ceberano performs at the heritage-listed Paragon Theatre.
“These four days provide the chance to see Childers in all its glory with behind-the-scenes events also on offer, including the much-anticipated Long Table Dinner at local winery Hill of Promise.”
Over the four days, visitors are also invited to celebrate the rich history and evolving community of Childers through a showcase of exclusive festival activities.
Whether it is taking a behind the scenes tour of the heritage-listed Paragon Theatre, enjoying an afternoon of music at Opera By The Lake with world-renowned tenor David De Vito and The Leading Men or enjoying the multicultural mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Food and drinks still remain a highlight of the program with events featuring a feast set amongst the ambience of a working winery with delightful cuisine perfectly matched with award-winning local wines.
Childers showcases a festival of food, music, colour and fun
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said there are a number of new events happening as part of the four-day festival this year.
“On Saturday night Crescent Street will come alive with a splash of colour, Italian themed food vendors and plenty of live music, as Crescent Street presents Little Italy for all to enjoy,” Cr Learmonth said.
“This year, the heat will be turned up on festival day as attendees can register to take part in an all-new Chilli Wings Eating Competition, challenging participants to consume wings covered in Carolina Reaper Chilli products.
“The chilli is officially the hottest in the world and is locally farmed and produced by Childers Fine Foods.”
Visitors are also invited to explore the exclusive new Childers Trail as part of the festival, which provides the opportunity to purchase exclusive products or take part in a special experience.
The full Childers Festival program is available here, with tickets on sale from Wednesday, 1 June.
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