Incubator Events Fund 2018

3 May 2018

The following events were successful under the 2018 Incubator Events Fund (Round One).

Summer Sounds

27 January 2018, Bermagui

First trialled in 2017, Summer Sounds is an afternoon music festival designed to encourage visitors to extend holidays on the far south coast to the last weekend of the school holidays. The event showcases local and NSW alt-folk singer-songwriters artists and new collaborations and in 2018 culminates with headliner, The Strides. Held at the beautiful Four Winds bushland venue, event patrons will experience great music in a natural setting.

ARTHC Tractor Pull, Swap Meet, Truck Show & Shine & Lawnmower Racing Display

24 February 2018, Gundagai

Held at the Gundagai Showgrounds, the event features vintage and ladies tractor pulls, vintage machinery and stationary engine displays, 4WD ute pulls, Truck Show N Shine, swap & market stalls, mower races, heavy horse events and kids amusements. The gates open at 7am for the public and ARTHC volunteers will provide Saturday morning breakfast, all day BBQ and coffee and cold drinks. Activities and displays will run throughout the day.

River Daze - Music, Wine, Food

3 March 2018, Barham

River Daze is a music, wine and food event on the banks of the Murray River at Barham. Designed to highlight the attractions of the region it takes place under historic red gums on the banks of the Murray River. People of all ages can relax and enjoy music, wine, food and hospitality. The first event in March 2017 attracted 862 people in a town of 1,150 inhabitants and drew people together to celebrate what this region has to offer. A line up of diverse bands is supported by roving entertainment and cooking demo, free kids and family activities and family activities together with artisanal food, wine, beer and a selection of the area’s popular produce.

Queanbeyan ‘Be Here’ Festival

3 - 4 March 2018, Queanbeyan

The Queanbeyan Be Here Festival encompasses the character of the Queanbeyan region over two stunning days. The weekend begins on Saturday as Queen Elizabeth II Park comes alive with music, food and wine as part of ‘Music by the River’. Sunday will see a celebration of Queanbeyan’s unique multicultural diversity with live entertainment featuring over 20 different cultural acts on the main stage and amazing street food nestled amongst the tall trees. The setting, timing and activities are aimed at encouraging visitors and locals to ‘be here’ in Queanbeyan and see the city as a destination to stay, play and live.

Bungendore Harvest Festival 2018

16 - 18 March 2018, Bungendore

Bungendore Harvest Festival is a celebration of cold-climate food - how it grows, where it grows, where to get it, how to prepare it and how to eat it. From Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March the region will come alive as the three day event brings visitors to the region to celebrate the town’s primary produce. Restaurants will create special menus and offer live music, a street festival will bring producers together to offer tastings, demonstrations and stalls, and farm, winery and garden trails and tours will be offered to encourage visitors to explore the region.

Goulburn Reader Writer Festival

24 March 2018, Goulburn

The Goulburn Reader Writer Festival is a celebration of all things reading and writing in the Goulburn and surrounding areas and includes a full day of events based at the Goulburn Mulwaree Library. The theme for 2018 is ‘Feed your Mind’ and will bring together food bloggers, magazine publishers and celebrity chefs along with food writers for recipe books, historians and novelists who make food a major theme in their work. The festival will present writing, publishing, book-binding and blogging workshops; children’s story-time and craft; author talks; panel discussions; cooking, cocktail and tea demonstrations; and an international food fair with food vans selling a variety of foods until late into the night. Stall-holders will be selling self-published books, illustrations, book-related craft and food products.

Rewind the Vines

1 April 2018, Griffith

Rewind in the Vines is a perfect combination of old fashioned music festival and a relaxing day out at De Bortoli’s Bilbul vineyard. The event will run from midday into the evening on Sunday 1 April 2018 and will feature a headline act from the 1970-1980s era, such as Ross Wilson from Daddy Cool as well as a well-known classics cover band, young up and coming acts and Rewind DJs. In addition to the music, the De Bortoli cellar door will be open all day, factory tours will run throughout the event and there will be a classic cars show ‘n’ shine competition with cash prizes on offer.

Pave the Way to Gular

5 - 8 April 2018, Gulargambone

Pave the Way to Gular is a four-day visual arts event that uses the creation of 3-dimensional pavement and wall art to attract visitors to Gulargambone and the broader region. During the event, up to 10 artists will create large-scale artwork on key buildings and locations in the town. Visitors will be encouraged to engage with the artists while they work and other activities such as an art exhibition, street trading and workshops will broaden the event offering. Art trails will also be developed to encourage visitors to explore the region, including Gilgandra, Coonamble and Warren. The artworks will create a legacy for the town for the coming year.

Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge

27 - 28 April 2018, Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge consists of a series of paddle based events that showcase the pristine waters of the beautiful Clyde River between Batemans Bay and Nelligen. With events and courses at all experience levels, from elite and masters to family groups, the event aims to bring a wide range of new visitors to engage with and explore this beautiful part of the south coast of NSW during a traditionally off-peak season. In addition to the paddling events, the Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge will include a welcome event on the Friday evening and on-shore activities for families and friends of paddlers during Saturday.

Electric Vehicle Expo

4 - 6 May 2018, Inverell

The Gathering of the Geeks is the first national gathering of electric vehicles including cars, motorbikes, drones (agricultural and scientific), solar vehicles, storage devices, robotics generators and school science projects. The event will be held over three days,  across three Shires and will include a mini solar challenge run from Moree to Inverell where electric cars and motorcycles will travel over designated routes.

Burradise Festival at Culburra Beach

11 - 13 May 2018, Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach is a spiritual, creative and innovative hub in the Shoalhaven region and the Burradise Festival will celebrate the town’s beach, surf and coastal culture through a showcase of the very best locally-made talent, entertainment, arts, music, multicultural food, culture, products and produce. The Burradise Festival is designed to attract new and repeat visitors to Culburra Beach by providing them with a three day program of events and activities that everyone will enjoy across three community festival hub spaces. The festival has been curated based on visitor research and consultation to provide a unique event and visitation experience.

Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

12 - 13 May 2018, Bathurst

The Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail is a self-guided cultural and educational journey around five heritage sites in Bathurst. It coincides with the annual Heritage Week and, through collaborations between non-profit groups and a number of artisan tradespeople, brings the site to life through showcasing artisans practising rare trades (agriculture and farm trades; restoration and building trades; convict women’s contribution, Aboriginal culture), demonstrations and exhibitions which commemorate Bathurst’s cultural, agricultural and built heritage.

Hello Koalas Festival

7 – 11 June 2018, Port Macquarie

The Hello Koalas Festival is the world’s first festival celebrating Australia’s iconic koala. The festival is a new annual cultural tourism event for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, which has the largest koala population on the east coast of Australia, is home to the acclaimed Koala Hospital and boasts the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail as a cultural tourism attraction. The Hello Koalas Festival utilises the 60 sculptures on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail to engage visitors and the community in a range of unique cultural, educational and fun experiences through a program that includes exhibitions, theatre performances, a concert, music and singing, a poetry slam, Aboriginal dance and storytelling, environmental talks and workshops, artist markets, art making, family competitions and digital games. Highlights will include a symposium on koala conservation in association with the Koala Hospital, the Hello Koalas Street Parade and Picnic, and a treasure hunt.

KLC Country Gold

8 – 10 June 2018, Kiama

KLC (Kiama Loves Country) Country Gold brings Australia’s best country music and artists to Kiama for a weekend of music, country food, competitions, a family fair, poetry and song writing workshops. The festival is designed to encourage tourism and bring the community together to embrace its heritage and local surrounds. The event will embrace the talents of Kiama’s local youth and celebrate musicians, poets, artists, wood chopping, machinery and farming displays, horse riding and cooking.

Harvest Festival

9 – 10 June 2018, Mangrove Mountain & Peats Ridge

The Harvest Trail Festival was developed by Central Coast Council, in partnership with the Central Coast Plateau Chamber of Commerce, to leverage the Harvest Trail farm gate tour on Tourist Route 33 which traverses the Hunter Valley from Calga to Branxton. The festival is a weekend celebration of the fantastic local produce from the region, with a focus on the start of the citrus season in early June. The festival program is designed to guide attendees along the Harvest Trail, encouraging visitation at multiple local farms which will have activations available at each location, culminating in a major event on the Sunday.


9 – 11 June 2018, Emmadale

Gemorama is a gem festival featuring traders, tailgaters and field trips. It will be run for charity with the local SES, Glen Food Hub and Frontline Forces United the beneficiaries. A spit roast will be served on the Saturday and Sunday nights with singers or bands providing entertainment.

Pie Fest

23 – 24 June 2018, Bowral

In 2017 Destination Southern Highlands (DSH) developed a Pie Trail and built on this initiative with a destination marketing campaign for the region called ‘Pie Time’ which ran throughout June. The Pie Time calendar wrapped up with a three-day Best Pie Competition, with seven categories open to professional bakers, home bakers, apprentices and community groups to seek the best pies in NSW. Following the competition, a two-day Pie Festival is held at the iconic Bong Bong Racecourse. Here, visitors are able to taste, purchase and enjoy a pie, vote for their favourite pie in the “People’s Choice” award and enjoy pie throwing competitions, pie eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and family fun. In 2018, the competition will be held on 13 & 15 June with the Pie Festival on 23-24 June.


*Please note that events and dates are subject to change and conditions such as ticketing fees. Please check relevant event websites for details.