The third Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival was held from Friday 13 May to Sunday 22 May 2016. The festival program was again packed with great music, entertainment and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Alison Lester judged the Tea Cosy Competition for the second time, noting that her job was very difficult as there were “so many beautiful and expertly made tea cosies.” The Tea Cosy Exhibition was open throughout the festival and a great many people came to check out the 150+ tea cosies on display.
Prom Coast Arts Council organised the entertainment for the High Tea, and French gypsy swing band La Mauvaise Réputation proved to be a big hit at the sellout event.
The schedule of festival events included storytelling and painting at the Childrens Cafe, Devonshire teas, Elders Day with entertainment provided by local kindergarten and school children, the Biggest Morning Tea at the Fish Creek Hotel which raised funds for the Cancer Council, and Alice in Wonderland shows in the Tea House Elysium.
Visitors browsing the work and produce of local artisans at the Bendigo Bank Makers Fair Day were entertained by Andrew Hayward Bannister, Illusion and Magic, Dave Berry’s Ukelele Group, The McCrackens, The Acquaintances and the Prom Coast Singers. Fish Creek Has Talent allowed entertainers just five minutes of stage time to make their mark, and there was also Boccé on the Village Green courtesy of the Fish Creek Community Garden group. Havana Palava also roamed the town playing their lively musical mix of African, Gypsy, Caribbean, Blues and Klezmer.
Fish Creek’s Tea Cosy Festival back for a third year (Weekly Times, 20 April 2016)
Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival in South Gippsland mixes the traditional with the quirky (ABC Gippsland, 2 June 2016)