More than music at Four Winds

THIS year’s Four Winds Festival runs from April 17-20 with the first two days at Bermagui before moving out to the Barragga Bay site, nine kilometres south, for the weekend.

The site will open at 7.30am each morning with coffee and hot cross buns on sale for the early comers.

The Festival prides itself on the quality of all its offerings and, while world-class music in many forms and from a range of traditions including familiar classical, new commissioned works and new arrangements of Cole Porter, is its essence, festival-goers are also offered a wide range of high quality food and drink.

Everyone can pack a picnic and bring along their own rug, food and drink – both for the free concert on Friday afternoon at the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf and out at Barragga Bay on the weekend. But, for those who want to just relax and be catered for (or to supplement their picnic offerings), Carole Broadhead has been busy growing lettuce and sourcing local, seasonal produce for the lunch hampers and gourmet bread rolls that will be available on both Saturday and Sunday – all packed in compostable boxes with bamboo cutlery.

These delights can be ordered online – go to the Four Winds website, click on Festival Information and then go to Food & Drink. Once you have made your selection from the temptations on offer, follow the prompts at the top of that page to place your order – and remember you won’t have to queue at lunchtime! The cut-off date for ordering hampers and bread rolls is Monday, April 14.

There will also be the best of the local food stalls at the site offering a wonderful array of food and drink – from slow-cooked comfort food (supplied by Bega Valley’s Hard Core Carnivore trading out of their vintage ‘50s mobile food van) to home-made ice cream from Cobargo, Wildfire Foods’ pizzas, pastries from Cream of Bermagui as well as delicious local oysters.

There will be excellent coffee and a range of wines and beer available by the bottle or the glass.

In line with Four Winds’ waste minimisation policy, either bring your own glass or buy a plastic Four Winds goblet for your first drink and it can be refilled during the weekend – and taken home at the end of the weekend.

Speaking of drink – if you want to linger on after the Saturday program for Drinks at Dusk you can also order sushi and wine on the website to go with your post-Festival socialising.

And, finally, for those with small people to occupy there will be free on-site childcare available for children between 2 and 7 years old provided by qualified child-care workers. This also needs to be booked ahead of time online.

For an unforgettable Festival experience, go to the Four Winds website, http://www.fourwinds.com.au, and buy tickets or book food, childcare or buses by following the prompts or call the office on 6493 3414

PERFORMER: Michelle Nicolle will be singing the Cole Porter arrangements on Sunday as well as performing at the free concert at the Fishermen’s Wharf in Bermagui on Good Friday from 3pm to 7pm.

PERFORMER: Michelle Nicolle will be singing the Cole Porter arrangements on Sunday as well as performing at the free concert at the Fishermen’s Wharf in Bermagui on Good Friday from 3pm to 7pm.

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