15 July 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (16-22 July)

| Lottie Twyford
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People at Van Du Vin winery at sunset

Experience the best of Canberra’s truffles and wine – a match made in heaven – at the Van Du Vin Gourmet Canberra Winery and Truffle Tour on 17-18 July. Photo: Van Du Vin.

Despite us all being asked to limit our movements due to COVID-19, you can still get out and about while staying close to home.

Experience the best of Canberra’s wintery wine region with Van Du Vin tours, and special truffle weekends at Mount Majura vineyards.

Bundle the whole family into the car for Queanbeyan Markets and its delicious treats, local crafts and fresh coffee.

If you’re at the South Coast, there’s an orchid festival at Batemans Bay, a special showing of theatre show My Super Power for kids in Bega, and Flourish Markets in Pambula.

Later in the week, let out your inner poet at a special workshop at Bermagui Library.

In Yass, the Community Market is back, and there’s a special information session for the new SPARK Ginninderry construction program.

Have a great week, everyone, and remember to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 restrictions and health directions before leaving home.

SUV parked at Van Du Vin winery

Van Du Vin offers luxury Canberra winery tours and truffle hunting experiences. Photo: Van Du Vin.

All weekend

Van Du Vin Gourmet Canberra Winery and Truffle Tour

When: Saturday, 17 July, and Sunday, 18 July, from 9:00 am
Where: Depart from your choice of location
Cost: $450 to $525 per person – book online.

Van Du Vin is offering private gourmet Canberra winery tours, which include a truffle hunt and truffle degustation lunch.

Join Jayson and Australia’s best truffle dog team on an exhilarating truffle hunt experience, followed by a decadent, six-course, truffle degustation lunch prepared by two-hat chef Damian Brabender, from OTIS Dining Hall, and a tour of three celebrated Canberra wineries.

Truffle cheese and wine on table at Mount Majura Vineyard

Name a better combination than truffles, wine and cheese for a good cause. Photo: Mount Majura Vineyard.

Truffle Infused Weekends

When: Saturday, 17 July, and Sunday, 18 July, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry recommended at 3:30 pm)
Where: 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura, ACT
Cost: $40 – book online.

Head to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a range of wines matched with truffle brie from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

$10 from each tasting will go to Raw Potential Canberra.

Purple orchids

Beautiful orchids will be on display at the Batemans Bay Orchid & Foliage Society Winter Orchid Show. Photo: Batemans Bay Orchid & Foliage Society Facebook.

Batemans Bay Orchid & Foliage Society Winter Orchid Show

When: Saturday, 17 July, to Sunday, 18 July, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club
Cost: Free – see Facebook for more information.

The Batemans Bay Orchid & Foliage Society is holding its annual winter orchid show this weekend, with a special floral art section.

Orchids and posies will also be available for sale.

Two women on Ginninderry job site

Come along to the SPARK Ginninderry information session on Friday, 16 July, to learn all about the Yass Construction Program. Photo: Region Media.


SPARK Ginninderry Yass Construction Program Information Session

When: Friday, 16 July, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: TAFE NSW Yass, 51 Church Street, Yass
Cost: Free – for more information, click here.

SPARK Ginninderry, in partnership with TAFE NSW and Yass Valley Anglican Church, is delivering an innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and potential employment within the construction sector.

The information session will provide individuals with advice on eligibility criteria, program content and the commitment required to be selected as a participant.

To book a place and check your eligibility, contact Shayla at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or email [email protected].
Woman shopping for produce at Yass Community Markets

Visit the Yass Community Markets, held on the first and third Saturday of every month. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.


Yass Community Markets

When: Saturday, 17 July, from 10:00 am
Where: 62 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry – for more information, visit the Yass Valley event page.

Yass Community Markets are held on the first and third Saturday of every month at Yass Memorial Hall. Stalls include a variety of local produce such as jams, sauces, oils and baked items, as well as arts and crafts.

People gather at market stall at Flourish Market in Pambula

Come flourish in Pambula. Photo: Flourish Market.

Flourish Market

When: Saturday, 17 July, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Covingtons Pambula
Cost: Free entry – see Facebook for more information.

Flourish Market in Pambula celebrates everything local including garlic products, produce, eggs, oysters, cosy knits, bird boxes, wooden spoons, handmade cards, handmade cakes, fresh flowers, arts and crafts, handmade soaps, jewellery and upcycled clothing.

Promo for My Super Power theatre show

The My Super Power theatre show promises heaps of laughs for kids. Image: Cobargo Wellness Group.

My Super Power

When: Saturday, 17 July, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: $16.50 to $49.50 – book online.

The creative, uplifting response to the Black Summer bushfires, My Super Power, is a comic kids musical theatre show with performers, puppets, animations, songs and heaps of laughs.

It follows the story of a nervous young frog called Ginger and her frog community: a spider, a kookaburra and a vegetarian crocodile.

The Queanbeyan Market

The Queanbeyan Market features stalls, delicious food, fresh coffee and lawn games. Photo: The Queanbeyan Market.


The Queanbeyan Market

When: Sunday, 18 July, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Lowe Street Town Park, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free – see Facebook.

The Queanbeyan Market is on every third Sunday of each month in the gorgeous Lowe Street town park.

There will be lots of delicious food, stalls, fresh coffee and giant lawn games.


Contemporary Poetry Workshop

When: Thursday, 22 July, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Bermagui Library and Community Centre
Cost: Free – book online.

This poetry workshop will be held with poet, editor and scholar Dr Kai Jensen to help participants develop their skills as poets and gain an understanding of modern poetry.

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