20 April 2018
Get out and about this April and discover a wide range of cultural, sporting and family-friendly events right on your doorstep. From the country to the coast, here are some of the most exciting events happening across regional NSW this April.
Celebrate Australia’s longest running regional food festival, Orange F.O.O.D Week. Delight in the best of tasty local produce in the Central West, established by a hard-working and passionate group of local farmers back in 1991. The event encourages the use of outstanding and fresh local produce. The gourmet food festival has a large focus on sustainability, and hosts workshops and food stalls to promote the region’s food, wine, farmers, chefs, cooks and restaurants. Orange F.O.O.D Week has recently been acknowledged as a flagship gourmet food festival, so enjoy this week of insatiable treats this April in Orange.
Set sail from the picturesque Shellharbour Main Beach and stroke your way to the sandy foreshores of Shellharbour North beach. The socially competitive swim event is heavily patrolled and there are plenty of safety procedures in place to mitigate danger during this ocean water swim. Sign up for one of two swims – the juniors swim is a 400 metre open water swim, and the main event, a 1.2 kilometre race for all ages. With entry starting from $15, you can secure your tickets online and be in the running to win cash prizes up to $250.
“A real Country Show” certainly not to be missed. Pull up your boots and smack on an Akubra and head to the Stroud Showground this April for a wonderful display of country musings. There will be campdraft, horse and rodeo events, wife-carrying competitions, skate park events, ute and lawn mower shows and fireworks. Enjoy the friendly and cuddly animals and marvel at the cattle dogs during the trials and the high jump. There’s also plenty of entertainment for the kids with rides and amusements, and the animal nursery. Devour delicious food and enjoy a great day out with the family.
You’ve heard of the Archibald Prize, now make way for the Best of the Bald Archy. A satirical art exhibition held in Wagga Wagga showcasing the region’s finest portraiture. Bald Archy entrants obscure and ridicule the idiosyncrasies of societies loved, hated, vivacious and mundane characters, all within the scope of current political and social happenings in our world. Maude, a destitute cockatoo is the infamous judge who will discern this years winner. Get down to the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga this April and be entertained by these hilarious artistic works of art.
If you’ve been neglecting your spiritual well-being, head to the Byron Spirit Festival to regain inspiration in a nurturing and loving festival environment. Enjoy a range of musical entertainment and choose your own spiritual adventure in the beautiful backdrop of Byron Bay. Relax, recharge and repair your soul in the many workshops on offer at the Byron Spirit Festival. Stretch out with world famous yogis, engage in music and sound healing and discover your inner voice with meditation and relating workshops. Connect with like-minded people and actively foster your wellbeing at this weekend long festival of revitalisation.
As part of the NSW Regional Distance Championships sponsored by Optus, the Bathurst RSL Club Half Marathon is back for 2018. There are two events on the day including the half marathon and the 10 kilometre run. The track is fast and flat and meanders its way from the Bathurst Rugby Club along the Macquarie River. The day will include a free sausage sizzle and ample drink stations established along the course. This year, you can only register online, with applications closing on the 25th of April. Register now to ensure your spot in the line up and the chance to compete for the prize money.
The annual Wellington Racing Carnival, which has become favourably known as “The Boot” will be kicking off on Saturday the 7th of April for a weekend of horse racing and family fun. Known as one of the most popular race meetings in the state, The Boot has been frequented by locals and visitors since 1981. The day features popular race day activities, so be dazzled by the vibrant fashion on the field and enjoy the Miss Wellington Race, with many prizes to be won. Relish in the decadent Oyster, Prawn and Champagne Bar and of course try your luck and pick a winner on the course for the crown jewel race, The Boot.