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Hunt & Gather Winchelsea Festival Announced

The new Hunt & Gather Winchelsea festival is set to become a significant date on the Victorian rural calendar, featuring regional produce, art and agriculture, while celebrating innovation in farming, manufacturing and services.

To be hosted in the town of Winchelsea, the four-day event kicks off on Thursday 31st March, with two regional Agricultural Field Days at the magnificent Barwon Park Mansion, and culminates on Sunday 3 April with the family-friendly Run Rabbit Run art trail and rally throughout historic Winchelsea.

On Saturday, 2 April, a public auctioneer will raise funds for the Winchelsea Uniting Church, putting under the hammer anything from chooks and geese, to second-hand furniture and farm machinery.  

The only event of its kind throughout the surrounding region, from Ballarat and Warrnambool to Colac Otway and Geelong, the Field Days provide businesses and producers with an opportunity to showcase the latest developments in farming machinery, equipment and technology. 

More than 100 exhibitors from around the state are expected to gather in the historic grounds of Barwon Park Mansion for the Field Days, which will feature an extensive range of supplies from manufacturers and farmers, to wineries and local food producers.  Cooking demonstrations from renowned local chefs, family entertainment and true country hospitality will add to the overall flavour of the occasion.

A locally-driven initiative, Hunt & Gather Winchelsea has developed from collaboration between the community group Growing Winchelsea Inc, Surf Coast Shire Council, and the Winchelsea and District Community Bank.

According to organiser Stuart Fountain, Hunt & Gather Winchelsea is a unique mix of agriculture, art and entertainment, appealing to a wide cross-section of the community.

“This event is expected to become one of the largest annual community gatherings in the region,” said Mr Fountain.  “Not only will it attract producers and traders, but across the board people will have an opportunity to enjoy locally-grown produce and locally-made art.

“Along with the Field Days, we have a massive local auction for the Uniting Church, which is something like ebay on a cricket oval, and the Run Rabbit Run art trail, which will be a great day out for families and the general community,” he added.