Festival Program

EVERY DAY – SATURDAY 19 MAY to SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018 (open daily during festival)
Tea Cosy Exhibition
When: Open daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: Gold coin donation
Info: Competition entries judged by Loani Prior.

Tea Trees Talking
When: Open daily 10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Community Garden (Railway Shed)
Cost: free entry
Info: Community Felted Art Installation. Visitors will be greeted by a guide in Latvian folk costume and invited to wander between the Latvian birch grove and the Australian ti-tree mural, to linger over the student-made teapot and tea cup silhouettes. Three types of Latvian herbal tea will be available for tasting and there will be information on display about Latvian herbal teas. More info

SATURDAY 19 MAY 2018
Tea Cosy Festival and Exhibition – Official Opening
When: 10.00am
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Info: The Tea Cosy Festival and Exhibition will be officially opened by Danny O’Brien MLA, Member for Gippsland South and Shadow Minister for Sport, Veterans, Gaming and Liquor Regulation.

Tea Cosy Demo with Loani Prior
When: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $5 (pay on the day)
Bookings (advised): 0484 586 296
Capacity: 80 participants
Info: If participants who have booked fail to show on the day, the Committee will make places available to others on a first come basis.

Devonshire Teas
When: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $5
Info: View the exhibition and enjoy a Devonshire Tea served by Fish Creek locals. If you want to learn how to crochet a mug rug, Paula Thompson from Fishy CWA will be there to teach you how (no cost, materials supplied).

Tea Trees Talking – Opening Event

When: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Community Garden
Cost: Free
Info: Entertainment and refreshments (gold coin donation)

Knit & Natter with Loani Prior
When: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel, Oberon Room
Cost: $5 (pay on the day)
Bookings (advised): 0484 586 296
Capacity: 45 participants
Info: Participants will be able to buy refreshments at the venue.
If participants who have booked fail to show on the day, the Committee will make places available to others on a first come basis.

SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018
Tea Cosy Making Workshop with Loani Prior
When: 9.00am – 3.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel, Oberon Room
Cost: $100 (in advance by bank deposit)
Bookings (essential): 0484 586 296

Info: Limited to 12 participants. You will be provided with all workshop materials, as well as morning and afternoon tea. You will be able to buy lunch at the venue. Parking is available at the venue as well as on the street.
If the workshop is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be used to fill any cancellations. For more information and to register, please download the Workshop Registration Form.

Festival High Tea with Bella Ciao
When: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $50
Bookings (essential): TryBooking or 0484 586 296
Info: You’ve heard of the Windsor High Tea and Langham Hotel High Tea – well this High Tea is not a bit like those. This is the Fish Creek High Tea! Slightly whimsical, not quite what you may expect (although you might expect to find smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, spinach and blue cheese tarts, and mini scones with jam and cream. Full menu to come!).
The musical entertainment will be provided by Bella Ciao, who play music from the Italian Peninsula of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Styles range from Tango and Polka to Waltz, Jazz and Tarantella.
If you have dietary requirements, let us know when you book.

MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
Tea Cosy Lunch Menu
When: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel
Cost: $25
Info: View the exhibition and enjoy a two-course lunch at the iconic hotel.

Dining with Jane Austen at Fish Creek
When: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel, Oberon Room
Cost: $10 (pay on the day, cash only)
Bookings: Eventbrite
Info: Lise Rodgers is an actress who dresses in period costume and performs using excerpts from Jane Austen’s letters and novels. This short theatrical entertainment will not only amuse and delight, but also leave you feeling just a little more familiar with Jane Austen herself. Brought to you by the Friends of Corner Inlet Libraries.

TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
Delicious Devonshire Teas
When: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Bowls Club
Cost: $5

High Tea
When: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel
Cost: $20
Bookings (advised): 5683 2404
Info: View the exhibition and then enjoy the High Tea in Fish Creek’s Art Deco hotel, with Madame Flavour teas and local fare.

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
inTEAnational Tea Day
When: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $5 (Seniors – free)
Bookings (advised): 0484 586 296
Info: The London Drum Tea Ladies will demonstrate the Turkish tea-making ritual. There will be an opportunity to taste a variety of international teas. A light lunch will also be available.
Proudly sponsored by The London Drum, South Gippsland Shire Aged & Disability Services, South Gippsland Hospital Community Health Centre & Toora Lions Club.

Tea Cosy Lunch Menu
When: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel
Cost: $25
Info: View the exhibition and enjoy a two-course lunch at the iconic hotel.

THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Fish Creek Op Shop
Visit the Op Shop at the Fish Creek Memorial Hall for sensational bargains!

Biggest Morning Tea
When: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel
Cost: TBC
Info: The Biggest Morning Tea hosted by Fish Creek locals with proceeds donated to the Cancer Council.

Tea Cosy Lunch Menu
When: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Hotel
Cost: $25
Info: View the exhibition and enjoy a two-course lunch at the iconic hotel.

FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Fish Creek Op Shop
Visit the Op Shop at the Fish Creek Memorial Hall for sensational bargains!

Gippsland Unwrapped – Sustainable Living
Join Tammy Logan, the creator of the popular blog gippslandunwrapped.com for ideas about living local to live sustainably. Tammy will demonstrate that it is possible to live with zero waste and plastic free. Includes a workshop where participants create and take home beeswax food wraps.
When: 10.30am – 12.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $30/$20 concession
Bookings (essential): 5682 1101 (Manna Gum Community House)

Nautilus Theatre Project
When: 7.30pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $10
The Art of Fencing is a comic and poignant one-act play about two neighbours and a disputed fence.
This Playful Life is a one-man performance by playwright Chris Dickins reflecting on a life in the theatre.

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018

Bendigo Bank Market Day
When: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Village Green
Stall bookings: teacosyfestival@gmail.com or 0484 586 296
Download an application form.
Info: A range of stalls showcasing the work of local artisans and producers, as well as entertainment by musicians and street performers.
Puppet performance at 10.00am in the Hall.

Childrens Café
When: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Kindergarten (behind the Hall)
Cost: Free
Info: Craft and play activities at our age-appropriate café.

SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
Devonshire Teas
When: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $5
Info: View the exhibition and enjoy a Devonshire Tea served by Fish Creek locals. If you want to learn how to knit a mug rug, Paula Thompson from Fishy CWA will be there to teach you how (no cost, materials supplied).

Festival Closing Dinner with Bruce Pascoe
When: 5.30pm (drinks) 6.00pm (dinner)
Where: Fish Creek Memorial Hall
Cost: $50
Bookings: TryBooking
Info: Bruce Pascoe was born in Victoria and has Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage. He is the author of 27 books. Dark Emu Black Seeds was published in 2014, and in it Bruce puts forward a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.
More info: 0407 543 371

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