Festival fun for foodies

July 31, 2017

Hungry: Taylah Burrows and Tracey Burrows enjoy some food.

Excited: Charlotte Vanderschoot, 2, with friend Lacey Kunig.

Festive fun: Gill Kearney, Zoe Kearney, 2 and Cameron Kearney.

Drinks: Lance Wescott,Loraine Wescott, Darcy Murdoch, 9, Scott Murdoch and Noah Murdoch, 11.

Relaxing: Thomas Gibbs, Abby Richardson, Evan Pyle and Rachel Pyle all enjoy some food.

Enjoying food: Sam Scoble and Tracey Nolan.

Thousands enjoy lunch at the Winter Food Festival.

Happy: Lenny Campbell, 1, Katrina Campbell and Harper Campbell, 3.

Having fun: Esther Cleary, 3.

Thousands flocked to Shepparton Showgrounds on Saturday for the Winter Food Festival.

Featuring everything from macarons, curries, mac ‘n’ cheese and more, it proved hard for many people to chose a favourite dish.

The masterminds behind the festival, Love Your Local’s Stacey Anderson and Lisa Rees were thrilled to see so many people embrace the inaugural event.

Ms Anderson said it was the first time the pair had organised an event in winter and it was great to offer people the chance to enjoy the wares of 55 different vendors, half of which had food, and the other crafts.

That Macaron Lady’s Jessica Naismith travelled from Wodonga to be part of the festival and was impressed by the number of people at the event.

‘‘Heaps of people came early,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s quite similar to the Fryers St Food Festival and it’s good that you can have shopping and food as well.’’

Ms Naismith has been coming to markets to sell her macarons for about 2 years and always did well at food-focused events.

The festival also included live entertainment from local performers and the chance to see Charlotte Nicolson, Jaclyn Williams and Angie Farmer shave their heads for cancer research.

Together the trio raised more than $6000 and all decided to shave their heads in support of someone they knew who had been diagnosed with cancer.

The festival saw a consistent number of people arrive during the day and night with many enjoying dinner there if they could not make it earlier for lunch.

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