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Hampton showcases best family fun festival event
Hampton is a small town approximately 147 kilometres west of Brisbane in the Darling Downs and close to the surrounding towns of Crows Nest and Toowoomba. It is a picturesque town surrounded by forests and natural beauty with a climate rich in volcanic soil and well suited to being known as one of Southern Queensland's most productive food bowls. The area supplies a great percentage of the State's rhubarb and avocados.
Each year the town of Hampton comes alive with an influx of people for the Hampton Festival, which is held in the month of May. The festival is a celebration of the region's produce, its food, craft beer, wine, music as well as the numerous artists and craftspeople that call the area home.
This year, the event will be held over the weekend of 17 to 19 May 2019; however, you can decide how much time you can spend there, depending on your work status and other commitments. The main activity day is Sunday 19th May, which commences at 9.30am at Chapman Park, 8623 New England Highway. Cost per adult entry is $12.00, although, you are encouraged to purchase your tickets online through Eventbrite to avoid standing in line at the entrance gate. Eventbrite tickets will include a credit card fee of $1.10.
There is a great line-up of activities from start to finish and a brief overview can be read below.
Friday 17 May 2019
Autumn Feast in The Woods from 5.30pm at The Woods, 3143 Esk Hampton Road Ravensbourne. This is a four-course meal including canapes. Tickets $55 per head by telephoning The Woods on 0439 841 888
A range of food and art workshops are on offer. These include silk painting, camp oven cooking experience, Vietnamese cooking class, Chocolate appreciation and truffle making, paper rose making, make a flower crown, yoga and breakfast.
A Pigs Tale, situated at 8616 New England Highway in the Emeraude Bistro from 6.30pm, you can enjoy a 10-course tasting journey of the delicious free-range Berkshire Pig. Tickets are $65 per person. Phone 07 4697 9008 for reservations.
Camp Oven Dinner Under the Stars will be held at Bunnyconnellen, 268 Swain Road, Crows Nest from 5.00 to 9.00pm. This will be a two-course camp oven dinner with live music talent Sophie Volp. Tickets $49.00 per person. Book here.
If Sunday is the only day you can make it to Hampton, do not worry, as the Festival has a great line-up for the whole family to enjoy. You will need to plan your time as the days' activities will keep you hopping from one event to another.
The main stage kicks off at 10.00 am with the Hampton High Country Community Band followed by Songbird at 11.00am, The Hobsons at 12 Noon, and Sophie Volp at 3.00pm. Songbird and The Hobsons will be back on stage at 1.00pm and 2.00pm respectively, so if you miss them at one time, you can catch them at another.
At the Art Precinct and Growers on the Green Precinct, the following artists will be performing. The benefit of having artists performing at two different time slots allows the visitor to not miss out on any events.
Steve Machell Sand Sculptures - Photo courtesy of Hampton Festival
Lilly Turpin on Guitar/Vocals at 12 Noon and 3.00pm
Jacob Asmussen – Solo metal guitarist at 11.00 am & 2.00pm
Eliot Argus – Guitar/Vocals at 10.00am and 1.00pm
Joselle Ysa – Guitar/Vocals – at 12 noon and 3.00pm
This year organisers are bringing the beach to Hampton with Steve Machell, who is well-known for his amazing sand sculptures, will create a masterpiece during the Festival. Being inspired by the local region, Steve's sculpture will be carved from three-cubic metres of sand. It will be interesting to see Steve work and his piece taking shape.
Cooking Demonstrations - Photo courtesy of Hampton Festival
Throughout the day, many opportunities will be presented – from Farmer talks and demonstrations, Stage demonstrations and presentations, Chefs, talks on fruit trees, sausage making, olive growing, bees and honey, cheese making, gin distillery, how to grow your vegetables, secrets of brewing, demonstrations including watercolour painting, leatherwork horn & pewter work, silk painting and much more. Full information on what is happening on the Sunday can be found here.
If you are heading to Hampton from Brisbane take the Warrego Highway and turn right at Blacksoil onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. When you arrive at Esk, turn left onto the Esk-Hampton Road. There are also shuttle buses leaving Toowoomba, Northpoint, Highfields, Cabarlah or Crows Nest if you live near those areas. If you are driving, you will need to park your vehicle in Chapman Park where members of the Rural Fire Service will guide you to a parking space.
Free Shuttle Bus Rides (Check Pick-up Points) Photo courtesy of Hampton Festival
Don't forget to bring a hat, water and wear good walking shoes. If you have questions of his amazing event, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07 4697 9066. This is certainly an event not to be missed as there is something for every member of the family. Sunday is a great way to catch up with friends for a day out.