5 great NSW events to experience this December

16 November 2015

Vanfest is a two-day regional based Music & youth culture festival set in the surrounds of central west NSW

Vanfest, Forbes


Summer is well and truly here and it’s the perfect time to hit the road and see what’s on offer around NSW. There are plenty of great events on the NSW calendar this month, from food festivals to arts events to epic music festival weekends. Here are 5 of the best.

Vanfest, Forbes, 4 – 5 December

Head to the small town of Forbes for one of NSW’s top regional music festivals, Vanfest. Multi-award winning and multi-platinum selling John Butler Trio is headlining, alongside ARIA award-winning band Birds of Tokyo. The lineup also includes chart toppers Sticky Fingers and Indie Rock artists Twin Fires. There’s pre-pitched camping or the option to bring your own tent, making for a relaxed weekend of music.

Festival of the Sun (Fotsun), Port Macquarie, 11 – 12 December

Port Macquarie hosts one of the most chilled-out summer festivals of the year with the Festival of the Sun, the region’s flagship live music event. There are some great live Australian and International bands, tasty food markets and three days of camping in the sun next to the beach. Catch the groups Illy, Jebediah, Thundamentals and British India in their element. Fotsun is an 18 and over event, however kids under 10 are permitted to attend for free if they are with their parents. All tickets include camping.

Tweed Foodie Fest, Murwillumbah, 2 – 6 December

With 5 days of food-focused events, this North Coast food and wine festival is one of the highlights of the NSW food calendar. Tweed Foodie Fest provides visitors with a meaningful connection to local food and the food scene through a series of workshops, tours and of course, meals. Learn the art of pizza making, Vietnamese or Thai cookery. Join a regional food tour, or pull up a chair for the Tweed’s Biggest Dinner Party on Saturday night, an alfresco event that is not to be missed.

Look Hear Festival, Newcastle, 11 – 15 December

Newcastle’s Look Hear arts festival is a feast for the eyes, ears and the mind. Now in its seventh year, Look Hear has evolved from a series of casual design talks to a collection of top-level arts workshops, creative talks and exhibitions featuring some of the finest in creative minds in Australia and the world. With a focus on art and design, it also includes fashion, photography and music.

National Cherry Festival, Young, 4 – 6 December

Held in Young, the Cherry Capital of Australia, the National Cherry Festival celebrates its 65th year this year. This three-day festival includes a street parade, the Christmas Street Market, a cherry pie eating competition, cherry pip spitting competition, live music, drum and pipes bands, the Hilltops Wine Expo, the Young and Region Farmers Market, and fringe events.