As the weather cools down we are reminded that winter is coming. A scene from Game of Thrones popped into my head just as I wrote 'winter is coming', even though our winter isn't quite as extreme or harsh as the TV series. Our winter, however, is warm, sunny and totally awesome, which is why we should celebrate it and I have the perfect idea!
Get geared up to celebrate winter with fine food, wonderful wine, magnificent lanterns and marvellous music at Racecourse Road Winter Lights Festival on Saturday 15 June from 3pm to 10pm. This year, there will be a fresh look and feel which encapsulates winter and the local community.
Check out the food and craft stalls. Featuring local producers and artists, Racecourse Road is proud to present a number of selective stalls including chilli, cheese, chocolate, mulled wine, boutique beers and international cuisine. Visit these stalls to indulge your senses. If you're a big hand craft fan, then you're in for a treat. Lights, beanies, scarves and local handicraft will be on display for you to find that something nobody else has.
Don't miss out on the Busking Competition showcasing fresh undiscovered talent amidst friendly competition from 3pm to 8pm. If you're that undiscovered talent, why don't you register for your chance to win a $500 prize? Although you might not get a record deal, but you do get to perform at the Airport Village Art with Altitude contemporary art show in October. Pretty good deal if you ask me. A $10 registration fee applies and entries are limited - so hurry and register here.
If you have stage fright or if busking is not your thing, then perhaps you want to consider entering Live Art Competition. For your chance to win a $500 prize, all you need to do is think outside the box and create a live art piece for the spectators to watch and/or participate. A $10 registration fee applies. Or if you'd rather be a spectator, you'll be able to witness creativity come to life from 3pm to 8pm along Racecourse Road. You'll be surprised at what you might see! For more information, see their website.
There will be plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. Kids, visit the face painters to change your face into a fierce lion or a pretty butterfly, meet and greet animals from Animal Farm, join in the fun at Teddy Bear's Picnic, spin out on the rides and have a ball making food at kids cooking class. Adults, be inspired by cupcake workshops and various cooking demonstrations.
Most importantly, don't miss out on the superb lantern parade at 6:30pm. Attend a lantern workshop, let your imagination run wild, make your own lantern and be part of the parade. Watch the parade as lanterns of all shapes and sizes light up Racecourse Road. It is sure to be a glorious sight!
Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family (maximum of seven), which assists with the associated infrastructure and safety costs. Enter the festival at Lancaster Road or Dobson Street. Racecourse Road will be closed from Lancaster Road to Windermere Road with no vehicle access from 7am to 10pm. Parking is available in the nearby streets. For more information, visit their website.
With local musicians and performers demonstrating their talent, local artists and crafters showcasing their imagination, and local produce to tantalise your tastebuds, I can't think of a better way to engage the community. So gather your family and friends and join in the celebration of winter with the local community.