This is an opportunity for some of the local high school artists to perform as well as well known and international artists. This year's artists include Kimba and Ryan, St. Helena Secondary College Senior Jazz Band, Dukesy and the Hazards and many others.
Den is on the right (in the old bike shop) as you come into Eltham from Templestowe
Available over the weekend will be a range of tempting local food, wine and stall holders. For those unfamiliar with Eltham it is full of fabulous cafés, bars and restaurants. Some of my favorites include the Zen Den for casual dining and creative healthy food,
The Main for a large range of food and a drink from the bar, The Corner cafe for ice-creams and a cheap breakfast, The Eltham Tea house for Devonshire tea in a treed setting, Hamlets for wood fired pizza, Warehouse 266 for large lunches and decadent cakes.
Try the Sontaya Thai for an affordable Thai meal and The Little Drop of poison (previously the Lane café) for intimate socialising and craft beer or Eira Bar for a friendly smile, coffee or a glass of wine. For unique, upmarket meals try the Common.
For a Weekend Notes review of top spots to meet and eat in Eltham click here.
Also on the program are children's activities including jumping castle and face painting.
The festival will be launched on Friday, 13 February with a dinner dance to be held at Strada. This is a ticketed event which includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a three-course meal and entertainment by the Friday Night band who will play classic covers and a mix of funky blues. Tickets are $65 each and seating is limited so click here for bookings.
If you are a muso or enjoy jazz, swing and blues you can't go wrong. Enjoy a drop or too and taste the local fare. Cheers!