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Just when I thought the festival season was over, there comes a festival with a few different aspects to it that surprises and sparks my interest. Of course, there's the usual food and entertainment you expect at a festival and if it's a family affair then there's activities for children but how about something out of the ordinary.
Well, Beaumont Street Carnivale delivers that. Yes, at this festival in Hamilton (a suburb of Newcastle and part of the Hunter region) there's a kissing llama booth. I can't say I've ever thought about kissing a llama but they certainly can be cute.
Pucker up for some llama kissing
The animal factor continues with camel rides and a petting zoo. There's a bull too. Ok, not a live one but one of those fun mechanical ones that you need to hold onto for as long as possible before it boots you off.
Add some superheroes, 50 of them, and the kids plus the big kids at heart are hooked. You can cosy up to the likes of Star Troopers, Captain America and Harry Potter in this expo that's sure to provide many Instagram-worthy posts.
The nips of popular culture are getting bigger with the entertainment and none other than iconic Australian band Mental As Anything featuring amongst live acts that include The Years and GenR8 headlining an impressive list of local and national talent across 5 stages. The Highlander Celtic Rock Band and Irish dancers add another facet as do belly dancers, Earthen Rhythms African Drumming, The Little Scallywagz and The Hunter School of Performing Arts marching band. Stilt walkers and street performers dispense their style of entertainment and many of the cafes, pubs and restaurants along the street will have you covered with music of their own.
Earthen Rhythms showcase their African drumming skills
More colour and energy comes through Circus Avalon with their aerial acts, juggling, balancing and acrobatics. They also provide classes teaching circus skills in their location nearby at Waratah. A free trial class is available so that you can see if you like it and want to pursue it further.
All of this fun requires sustenance and you won't go hungry or thirsty here with 22 food vans and a Mini Food & Wine Expo to complement the cafes, pubs and restaurants. Shopping-wise, retail shops will be open and 100 specialty market stalls will be set up with some unique products available.
Rounding out this free event from 10am-5pm is a grand parade, a multicultural precinct, a Legoland, carnival rides and showbags.
There's lots of colour and energy at this festival