I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Torquay has really grown in the last couple of decades or so. What was once a small surfside town, most famous for its proximity to Bells Beach and renowned for holding the Rip Curl Pro, has now become a popular and trendy seaside getaway for people looking to escape the city.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before the town decided to capitalise on its trendiness, and it looks as though that time is now.
On Saturday May 12th 2012, Torquay is set to host the inaugural Bell Street Fiesta, held in the stylish street it is named after. Known as the café and art precinct of Torquay, Bell Street will be closed to traffic between 11am and 8pm, allowing visitors to walk the length of the street and enjoy all that the fiesta has to offer.
There will be live musical performances from Red Whyte, the Sunset Dukes, Corey Hargreaves, Madhouse and Los Locos', as well as roving street performances and dancing troupes. There will also be plenty of market stalls (featuring locally-made arts and craft), wine tasting, a fashion parade, and photography exhibitions. Kids can enjoy a jumping castle, face painting, a skate ramp, and many interactive activities.
The shops along the street will be open if you're interested in a little bit of coastal retail therapy, and of course, all of the galleries, restaurants and cafes will be showcasing their finest in art, food and wine. If, for some reason, you feel the need to escape from the hubbub of the fiesta, the beach is only a five-minute walk from the arts precinct (although if you want to visit Bells Beach, you'll need to get in the car and drive there because it's a little further away).
The day promises to be quite entertaining, and if you're visiting Torquay for the first time, you couldn't have a better introduction to the vibrant atmosphere of this fantastic seaside town.