19 February 2014
This small town at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains is known for its tranquil scenery made up of vineyards, meadows, streams and livestock stations. Now in its 17th year, Tumbafest is held annually on the last weekend of February and highlights the region’s great music, food and wine.
Among the program highlights is iconic Australian artist Richard Clapton who will grace the Snowy Hydro Main Stage on Saturday. The stage will be brimming with live music across the weekend as a variety of Australian acts keep crowds entertained with indie folk rock, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, country music and glam folk tunes.
Feeling thirsty? Meander your way through the Bendigo Bank Wine Courtyard and sample Tumbarumba’s distinctive cool climate wines created by the region’s passionate growers and winemakers. In the Essential Energy Food and Produce Tent cooking demonstrations will teach you how to make crowd pleaser meals such as coconut and Cajun chicken skewers in minted yoghurt or a citrus no bake cheesecake.
The festival program also ensures kids are kept busy with skateboard coaching sessions and hip-hop dance classes. The digital media workshops will show youngsters there’s more to their electronic devices than Facebook and games: by exploring creative iPad and smartphone apps they will learn to experiment with photography, video and animation.
Festival organisers have made it easier to set up camp this year with tent packages available to pre-purchase online. Set in the parklands of the Tumbarumba Golf Club the festival-organised campsite is just a 15-minute walk away from the festival grounds. A bus will be available to ferry festivalgoers back and forth (for a gold coin donation) in a five-minute drive between the sites. Stretcher beds and foam mattresses can also be hired, but if you prefer a thicker variety of mattress and roof book your Tumbarumba accommodation in one of the quaint cottages, B&Bs, motels or hotels in the area.
Tumbafest attracts over 5000 people so book ahead for an enjoyable weekend of live music, new experiences and great food and wine in this charming NSW country town.