25 July 2016
Head to the the Mid North Coast town of Port Macquarie and discover this seaside paradise through a series of great events from September to November. There’s something for everyone. Yoga, running, music, food festivals and much more. Here are 6 fun events to keep you entertained on your Port Macquarie road trip.
Now in its second year, the Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival attracts Australia’s best boutique and craft brewers for great brews, tunes and how-tos, as well as the opportunity to taste beers and ciders from more than 20 local and national brewers. There’s a host of great food stalls, a kids’ games arena and the inaugural ‘Keg Roll’, where competitors will roll a 50 litre keg through an obstacle course. Tickets to the Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival are selling fast, so get in quick!
The Ekam Yoga Festival is a day of yoga, music and a sustainable health and living in beautiful Port Macquarie. Ekam is a word from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit – meaning “one”, and at the festival, participants come together as one in yoga, no matter their yoga philosophy or experience level. With more than 30 classes available, it’s a weekend of learning, relaxation and inspiration, and an opportunity to deepen your yoga experience.
This annual running event explores the beautiful beaches, coastal paths and trails of the Port Macquarie region. With courses designed by long-time runner Michael Maher, you can choose between marathon, team relay marathon, half-marathon, and 10 kilometre dash routes. Starting in various locations along the marathon route, all roads lead to the top of North Brother Mountain, a scenic lookout with spectacular views. This is a unique way to discover Port Macquarie.
The Kendall National Violin Competition has been running since 1999, when luthier Graham Caldersmith donated a beautiful concert violin made of Australian timber as the first prize for young violinists. Each year, musicians 23 years old and under compete for the coveted first place title, with many winners going onto achieve great things. The Kendall National Violin Competition is administered by a small committee of volunteers, under the artistic directorship of violinist Goetz Richter, Associate Professor of Violin at the Conservatorium of Sydney.
With Aussie roots ensemble Blue King Brown headlining Wildwood Music Festival, you know you’re in for a treat. Hailed by Carlos Santana as ‘the voice of the street and the band of the future’, the festival is a great opportunity to hear their signature roots-reggae music in idyllic surroundings. The lineup also includes Laude Hay, The Lyrical and Port Macquarie locals Mar Haze. Set amongst the beautiful grounds of Cassegrain Wines, enjoy great local food, wine, beer and cider to accompany the festival’s laid-back tunes. Tickets are on sale now, and entry for kids under 14 is free.
Enjoy 3 days of culinary celebration and feasting at Port Macquarie’s biggest food festival, Tastings on Hastings, which includes celebrity chef dinners, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and a night festival. The main event takes place on Sunday October 30, with market stalls, local restaurant stalls, free tastings, and cooking demonstrations, and entry is $5 for adults, free for kids.
The 11th annual ‘Oysters in the Vines’ festival will take place at Cassegrain Wines, and it’s a relaxing day out of picnicking and indulging in fine food and wine. Sample oysters from local supplier Armstrong Oysters and other Regional NSW Rock Oyster suppliers, and purchase Cassegrain wines and other gourmet accompaniments. Bring a picnic rug or folding chairs for a fabulous day out amongst the vines.