Wine And Food In The Park Festival
21 October 2018
2018 Major
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What To Wear And What To Bring Along
Wine and Food In The Park is a relaxed and happy affair.

There's certainly no need to dress up (though you're very welcome to and some people now make it a point to dress up specially for the Festival). But most people simply wear whatever feels comfortable.

If you're planning on a full day of fun, though, it's probably wise to slop on a bit of sunscreen and bring along a hat.

A lot of people also like to bring along folding chairs, umbrellas, water bottles and perhaps string bags to hold their wine purchases. Plastic cups (not glass!) are also a good idea if you want to sip drinks.

And naturally, you can bring along a throw rug if you want to dine out in the Park (the wide variety of inexpensive food in the Food Court will please almost anyone - all meals are served with disposable containers and cutlery).

There are also plenty of toilet facilities in the grounds, including disabled facilities at the William Street end of the Park.

 
 

8 Hours Of Non-Stop
Live Music!
Eight hours of great entertainment!
In addition to great food and wine, this year's South Burnett Wine & Food In The Park Festival has a jam-packed program of live music and family entertainment running right through the day and on into the evening.

2018's musical acts include:

Noon: Lazy Sunday
Grant Jeppesen and Vashti Bruyn are Lazy Sunday, a laid back acoustic duo who specialise in folk and jazz. They concentrate on sixties and seventies duos, as well as the classics and anything that has a strong vocal and interesting guitar. Their music has been described as a fusion of Americana/Blues/Folk that leaves listeners feeling happy, and although they're both based in the South Burnett the pair have also performed all over South East Queensland. Just perfect to kick off the day, Lazy Sunday will be on the Main Stage at noon.
Lazy Sunday

1:00pm: Kingaroy SHS Concert Band
The Kingaroy State High School Concert Band are perennial crowd-pleasers whose talents never cease to amaze. The Concert Band regularly perform at Wine and Food In The Park, and they also perform at the Burrandowan Picnic Races and Anzac Day commemorations. The Concert Band cover the full spectrum of popular music, and their upbeat style will form a perfect backdrop to a relaxed lunch under the trees. We're very big fans of this group of very talented young people, and if you've heard them before we're sure you will be too.
Kingaroy State High School Concert Band

2:00pm: Natalie Fenton
Natalie Fenton is an award-winning country singer who has performed all over Queensland. Natalie was born at Geraldton in Western Australia to musical parents, the youngest of three sisters, and music has been a central part of her life for as long as she can remember. When the family moved to Nanango, seven-year old Natalie joined the school's choir and band, and also performed with her parents at music gigs. After graduating, Natalie kept pursuing her love of music, and released her first album in the late 1990s. Natalie is a newcomer to Wine & Food In The Park and we're proud to bring this talented country musician to a wider audience.
Natalie Fenton

3:00pm: Luke & Dean
Luke Medcalf and Dean Fleischfresser first rose to fame as part of Captain's Road, a very popular rock band in the early 2000s. These days they're both raising their families, but the love of music has never left them. So they're reuniting back on stage at this year's Wine & Food In The Park to bring you an afternoon tea of funky rock and pop tunes that we're sure will put a spring in your step. Both these talented performers are newcomers to Wine & Food, but they'll be taking the pace a notch higher in the middle of the afternoon and we're sure you'll like them!
Luke and Dean

4:00pm: 2 Bob Short
When it's 4 o'clock we know you're ready to rock, and that's why we've invited Sam Sheppard, Matt Jones and Gary Byrne along to give all of us a taste of their brilliance. 2 Bob Short have been playing together since 2014 and they are another trio of newcomers to Wine & Food In The Park, but we're sure you'll enjoy their energetic brand of modern mainstream rock as they lead us through the late afternoon. Make sure you see them in action!
2 Bob Short

5:00pm: Skin And Bone
Following on from 2 Bob Short, we're very pleased to welcome yet another newcomer to this year's Wine & Food In The Park: Skin And Bone, another South Burnett band that we think deserve a wider audience. This funky group play a diverse range of genres to suit all musical tastes, and they'll be leading us towards the sunset with an eclectic mix of tunes that will keep your toes happily tapping. We really like this group and we think you will, too.
Skin and Bone

6:00pm: Mr Q
When the sun goes down it's time to go to town, and that's why we've invited the South Burnett's best-known four piece rock band back for 2018 to give all of us another taste of their brilliance. Mr Q regularly perform from Brisbane to Bundaberg and all places in between, and their versatility is something to see (and hear). The last time this band appeared at Wine & Food In The Park they got rave reviews, and we think they'll get them again as they lead us into the early evening.
Mr Q

7:00pm: The Blues Excuse
From 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Wine & Food In The Park will be wrapping up a fantastic day out with a stand-out hour-long set from the South Burnett's premier blues band, The Blues Excuse. This band have performed at Wine & Food In The Park many times over the past 19 years and they've never failed to deliver a stand-out show, as we're sure anyone who's heard them would agree. This year they'll be performing a mix of old favourites and some new numbers they've been working on ... so strap yourself in for a top night!
The Blues Excuse

Plus Street Performers To
Make You Smile!
Of course, Wine & Food In The Park isn't just about great wine, sensational food and fantastic music. Another thing everyone loves about our Festival are the whacky street performers who constantly wend their way through the crowds, tower over us in stilts; stack themselves up in pyramids before our eyes; jump through flaming hoops; or just generally amuse us with their side-splitting antics.

Part of the fun of Wine & Food in The Park is that it's simply impossible to be uninvolved when the Festival's performers come out to meet you in person. And sometimes you can't be sure if you're really seeing a street performer or just someone who's even more deeply into Wine & Food In The Park than you are...

Performers you can look forward to seeing in 2018 include:

Monster Blonde
Those winsome acrobats who've stolen our hearts over so many years are back yet again by popular request. The Monsters have become a much-loved feature of Wine & Food In The Park and these wonderfully talented performers will be returning in 2017 to entrance and delight us all over again with charming new characters and zany antics. If you've never seen Monster Blonde before, you'll be delighted when you do. And if you have, this year they promise us they'll be doing something totally new that they've never done at Wine & Food In The Park before. The Monsters will be roaming Memorial Park continuously between 1:00pm and 5:30pm - don't miss them!
Monster Blonde

Hans and Eva
Acrobatic comedy duo Hans and Eva are new to Wine and Food In The Park, but we're sure you'll really enjoy watching them. These lovable clowns perform their highly skilled trick sequences in the most ridiculous of ways - and they always love to share their joy with you. When truly confused (and this does happen, of course) their act is jam-packed with apparent near misses, hopeless miscommunications, language goofs and lucky saves, and these highly skilled circus theatre performers always manage to close with a spectacular finale. Make sure you see one of their three shows, which will be running between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
Hans andEva


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