3 June 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (4-10 June)

| Lottie Twyford
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Woman making love-heart symbol with hands in crowd at music concert

The Winter Bites Festival in Tumbarumba will keep you warm this Saturday, 5 June. Photo: Winter Bites Festival.

It’s shaping up to be a huge week across the region.

The much anticipated Winter Bites Festival will roll into Tumbarumba for its first iteration, while the Aussie BBQ Festival in Queanbeyan will keep bellies full and hearts warm.

A Merimbula Town Producers’ Market will showcase the best of the area, while amateurs will have a chance to play golf with professionals in Moruya.

You can also visit historic Cooma Cottage in Yass, try your hand at making sauerkraut in Michelago, or upcycling with Millie Hocking in Wagga Wagga.

There’s a ceramics course with Emma Fleetwood in Jugiong, and an opportunity to meet and speak to Meredith Jaffé about her new novel in Goulburn.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s sure to be a good time.

Have a great week, everyone!


Winter Bites Festival

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Courabyra Wines
Cost: $55 – book online.

Surrounded by idyllic mountain peaks, natural bushland and crystal-clear streams, the Winter Bites Festival is set to bring a celebration of local produce, beverages and high-profile music acts to Tumbarumba.

The area is renowned for its award-winning vineyards and lush agricultural pastures, along with the delicious chestnuts and berries that grow there.

Blues and roots artists Busby Marou and Emily Wurramara are two amazing musical talents who headline the festival.

Promo for Aussie BBQ Festival

The Aussie BBQ Festival will cook up a storm in Queanbeyan this Saturday. Photo: Aussie BBQ Festival.

Aussie BBQ Festival: Queanbeyan

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground
Cost: $5 – enter the cooking competition online now.

The Aussie BBQ Festival is an event that caters for all levels of barbecuers.

Head along and show off your grilling skills, whether you have just bought a barbie at Bunnings or have been cooking for years.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event that will be fun for the whole family, with rides, live entertainment and a bar to keep the parents happy.

Crowd at farmers' market

There will be fresh produce, arts and crafts for sale at the Merimbula Town Producers Market. Photo: Supplied.

Merimbula Town Producers’ Market

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Beach Street, Merimbula
Cost: Free.

Rotary Club of Merimbula is supporting the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre and the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce to run Merimbula Town Producers’ Market this Saturday.

Featuring producers of fruit, vegetables and plants; arts and crafts; and unique creations and designs, the market’s aim is to promote local recovery from a bruising year on the NSW South Coast, and offer plenty of great things to buy.

Sauerkraut Making Workshop

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Michelago Hall, Ryrie Street, Michelago
Cost: $55 – book online.

Come along and learn how to make properly fermented and delicious sauerkraut using cabbage, carrot, beetroot and apple.

Some basic cooking and kitchen equipment is required to be brought along by participants – such as a mixing bowl and rolling pin – but all sauerkraut ingredients will be included.

You will take home your jar of sauerkraut to ferment on your bench at home, plus a pre-made sample.

Millie Hocking sitting in bushland

Join local artist Millie Hocking as she explores the world of upcycling and recreating fashion for teenagers. Photo: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Second Take: Upcycling with Millie Hocking

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: $50 – book online.

Join local artist Millie Hocking in a workshop exploring the world of upcycling and recreating fashion for teenagers.

Funk up your old threads using stitch and print techniques in this two hour workshop series as Millie helps you recreate your wardrobe.

NSW Government Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Ceramic ornament

Emma Fleetwood will take participants through ceramic hand-building techniques in a workshop in Jugiong. Photo: Emma Fleetwood.

Wired Open Lab: Ceramic Hand Building and Jewellery

When: Saturday, 5 June, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Jugiong Memorial Hall
Cost: $240 – book online.

In this workshop with Emma Fleetwood, you will learn simple hand building techniques to make one stoneware piece – either a cup, vase, planter, bowl or plate – and tissue transfer and underglaze printing techniques to decorate two pieces of porcelain jewellery such as a pendant or a pair of earrings.

Each participant will complete one homeware item and two jewellery pieces, which will be taken home by Emma to be glazed, fired to 1220-degrees Celsius, and returned by post within four weeks of the class.

Participants will also be provided with snacks and refreshments including water, organic teas and French press coffee.

Lake and greens at Moruya Golf Club

Moruya Golf Club hosts the 2021 NSW/ACT PGA State Associate Championship Pro-Am. Photo: Moruya Golf Club.


2021 NSW/ACT PGA State Associate Championship Pro-Am

When: Sunday, 6 June, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Moruya Golf Club
Cost: $35 to $55 – book through Moruya Golf Club 02 4474 2300.

Moruya Golf Club is proud to host the 2021 NSW/ACT PGA State Associate Championship Pro-Am.

This event provides a great opportunity for budding amateurs to play with the upcoming stars of Australian golf.

Cart outside Cooma Cottage

Visit the former home of Australian-born explorer Hamilton Hume at Cooma Cottage. Photo: National Trust of Australia.

Cooma Cottage

When: Sunday, 6 June, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Cooma Cottage, 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass
Cost: From free to $27.19 – book online.

Visit the former home of Australian-born explorer Hamilton Hume.

Hume bought the cottage and its 100 acres for ₤601 in 1840 and lived there for the remainder of his life. He spent many of his years enthusiastically building extensions to his property, and today this original colonial bungalow forms part of the earliest complex of dwellings and stables, and stands as a fine example of the way our pioneers used to live.

Meredith Jaffé and the cover of her new book

Join Meredith Jaffé in conversation about her new book at Goulburn Mulwaree Library. Photo: Goulburn Mulwaree Library.


Meredith Jaffé Author Talk

When: Tuesday, 8 June, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library
Cost: Free – book online.

Author Meredith Jaffé will be in conversation with Goulburn Mulwaree Library staff about her latest book, The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison. Inspired by real events, novel is funny, dark and moving.
It’s a poignantly comic story about a men’s prison sewing circle, and as unlikely as it sounds, it’s based on a real men’s sewing organisation, Fine Cell Work, which operates in prisons throughout Britain teaching inmates needlework and quilting.

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