The fourth Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival was held from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 27 May 2018. The festival’s theme was inTEAnational and highlighted the many cultures where the making and taking of tea are symbols of hospitality.
The Tea Cosy Competition was judged by Loani Prior, author and Queen of the Tea Cosies, and Fishy’s local tea cosy queen, Heather Gibson. You could barely move at the opening event, and the exhibition was deservedly the focus of the festival with most of the cosies ultimately finding new homes with happy tea cosy lovers. Loani was featured at several events on the opening weekend, including a demo of her work, a one-day workshop and a Knit and Natter at the pub.
Fish Creek locals came up with a week-load of great events – Tea Trees Talking Latvian felted art installation, Dining with Jane Austen, Devonshire Teas, Gippsland Unwrapped Sustainable Living workshop, The Art of Fencing by Nautilus Theatre Project and A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets. The High Tea was a highlight with Bella Ciao playing music from the Italian Peninsula of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
The sun decided to shine for the Bendigo Bank Market Day and there was a range of stalls on the Village Green showcasing the work of local artisans and producers, as well as entertainment by The McCrackens, Ron the Clown, Blind Cobbler’s Thumb, The Dirty Stopouts and Invy Horn Jam.
The festival closing event was a locally-sourced dinner and discussion featuring Bruce Pascoe, who is of Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage and the author of 27 books including Dark Emu Black Seeds which puts forward a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.