Food, wine, fun in Avenel

April 27, 2018

Bank Street Pizza business partners Samantha Lewis and Nadine Harmeston have banded together to host Avenel’s first autumn festival on Sunday at Jubilee Park.

The best of the region’s food and wine produce will be on offer as well as music, art and town history, old-fashioned children’s games and craft sessions.

Ms Lewis grew up in Shepparton and has spent the past seven years living in Melbourne, before she moved to Avenel and fell in love with Bank Street Pizza.

‘‘Avenel has so much to offer with a lot of great wine and a lovely community focus,’’ Ms Lewis said.

Ms Lewis has met many people in the past three months while organising the festival and wanted to bring nearby town businesses to Avenel.

‘‘From Shepparton we have The Last Straw Cafe and Cheeky Grog Co ciders, which we’re very excited about,’’ she said.

Strathbogie Shire Council has joined the town spirit and offered a small grant to get the festival off the ground.

‘‘We have received so much support from the community, from Libby Webster at Strathbogie Shire, Sissy Hoskin from Nagambie Lakes Tourism, Amanda McClaren and so many people,’’ Ms Lewis said.

‘‘We hope to continue the Avenel Autumn Festival as an annual event.’’

The Avenel Autumn Festival will run from 9am Sunday, with activities scheduled during the day until 9pm.

For more information, phone Samantha on 0409232283 or email avenelfestival@gmail.com

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