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This is a huge festival with so much to do
As it is getting close to the winter solstice (shortest day of the year), Queenscliff is launching their inaugural Low Light Festival, featuring international and local arts and culinary talents in a month-long celebration for all the senses.
Queenscliff was for many years one of Victoria's most renowned seaside holiday resorts. It was rejuvenated about thirty years ago, and it has now gained a reputation for experiential excellence, having hosted music events, art exhibitions and gourmet dining during the warmer months of the year.
The Low Light Festival is a new angle to these events. Queenscliff in winter is a cold seaside resort and they will put on for four consecutive weekends, warming, enticing comforts and the arts! The town has art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants and these will all come alive during the festival. There will be a stunning choice of art exhibitions, film premieres and screenings, spoken word and literary readings and music performances.
At the Low Light Festival, there will also be meals that will warm you and restorative drinks and all this in the most welcoming surroundings. You will be able to partake in things like degustation menus, where you can eat locally gathered ingredients. There will be wine tastings, whiskey education and a series of culinary options to whet your appetite.
Low Light Festival can be enjoyed as a day trip or why not make it a weekend away. If you spend the weekend here, there will be events hosted each Friday through to Sunday. These events will all be within easy walking distance of the historic town centre. Queenscliff is just 90 minutes out of the Melbourne's city centre. Queenscliff and Pt Lonsdale are both equally accessible from the towns of Geelong, Ballarat and of course from Sorrento. You could also go to Portsea by ferry.
For weekend visitors, there's a mixture of hotels, motels, B&Bs and home-stays. These are available both in Queenscliff and in nearby places. Why not come to Queenscliff this winter and see this spot in a different light!
After Dinner - is written by Andrew Bovell. It is presented by Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre Group in association with 360Q as part of the Low Light Festival.
After Dinner is a moving yet hilarious meeting of lonely hearts, sex, friendship and Friday night drinks. It is set in a suburban pub, around the year 1987. Paula, Monika and Dympie intend to paint the town red... oh, well - perhaps just a deep shade of embarrassment!
This will be on 29th, 30th June, and 5th, 6th and 7th July, at 360Q Restaurant, 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff.
Tickets are $55 and you can get yours here. This cost includes a two-course dinner and the show.
All our Exes Live in Texas - this will be on Friday 13th July at the Queenscliff Town Hall, 50 Learmonth Street. The doors will open at 8 pm and those under 18 years must be accompanied by a ticketed Parent/Guardian/Responsible Adult
Food and wine lovers will love the Captains Lunch on the Bay. It will be a 2 hour lunch, where there will be a shared grazing table of regional produce and slow cooked meats. The servings will be large and there will be a communal table which encourages the spirit of eating together.
There will also be a private tasting of wines. The vineyard staff from a regional winery will also talk about pairings of food and wine. They will also touch on their wine philosophy and grape varietals. You will eat in the Portsea or Lonsdale Lounge on board the ferry as it sails between Sorrento and Queenscliff. You will pass by clifftop mansions, historic fortifications and amazing coastline as you cross Port Phillip Bay.
Italian Winter Fest - This will be on at Charlie Noble on Saturday 30th June, at 6:30 pm. It will be a four-course dinner with optional matched wines. It will cost $50 per head for dinner, with an additional $30 per head for the matched wines.
You can book by phoning 03 5258 5161
Matt Davis - Matt is a music performer whose music is inspired by the works of Katrin Koenning. This will be held at the Salt Lounge, Hesse Street, Queenscliff on Saturday 14th July from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Matt Davis has worked as a musician and composer for over twenty years. He was a founding member of the bands Gersey, Bombazine Black, and The Wonder. He has performed extensively in Europe, the USA and Australia, and released ten records. His career also includes composing for feature films, theatre and television.
Pt Lonsdale Markets - the Point Lonsdale Market is one of the larger and more popular markets on the Bellarine Peninsula. The market has about 150 vendors and features local produce from locally made jams to vegetables straight from the surrounding farms. There will also be art and craft, homemade clothes and artworks - all at great prices.
This market is held on the second Sunday of the month and is FREE.