Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Sample local produce and admire artwork in this country town
If you're searching for a lovely day out just over an hour from Brisbane, look no further than the Hampton High Country Food and Arts Festival.
Featuring cooking demonstrations by celebrities such as Matt Golinski of the hit TV show Ready Steady Cook, and Sally Lynch, food identity and celebrity caterer, the Festival promises to be a feast of the senses.
Set in the picturesque hamlet town of Hampton, just north of Toowoomba, the annual Festival highlights the abundant local produce in an area which is known for its avocados and citrus trees, while showcasing the many restaurants, wineries and local producers the region is famous for.
The many market stalls allow festival goers to sample and purchase the fresh locally grown and made items.
For the art lovers, the Festival includes the Hampton Art Exhibition and an interactive Artist In Residence program.
Bring a blanket and listen to the live music or wander around the market stalls while the children enjoy the many kids activities on offer. Set in such beautiful surroundings the whole family cannot help but enjoy the day out.
The little town of Hampton is on the New England Highway between Toowoomba and Crows Nest and besides its annual festival, it is a lovely little hamlet to visit. Look out for its antique and gift shops as well as the cuckoo clop shop just outside the town in nearby Cabarlah.
The Festival will commence at 9.30am and continue until 4.00pm on Sunday 18 May at Chapman Park, Hampton, near Toowoomba.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $10 with children under 12 free. Exhibitors and vendors are welcome to contact the Festival organisers on 4697 9066 to find out how to be a part of the day.