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Singleton Festival 2017

From crocheting to bushrangers, this year’s Singleton Festival is a harmony of food, wine, art and music.


Planning for this year’s Singleton Festival is being fine-tuned as the community comes together for its biennial celebration of all things food, wine, art and music in the heart of the Hunter Valley from 29 April to 14 May.

A new look has been unveiled for the festival in 2017, with a packed program of events that will include a world-record crocheting attempt and a “Day of the Dead” on the trail of Singleton’s infamous bushrangers, Joe and Jimmy Governor (complete with visit to Joe’s gravesite).

And to demonstrate that art can indeed be found everywhere, there’ll be events in some of Singleton’s historic pubs and an art exhibition at the Burragan Recycling Shop at the Singleton Waste Management Centre.

General Manager Jason Linnane said there was plenty to get excited about on this year’s program, with a variety of options from a range of organisations and businesses across the community who were banding together to be part of the festival.

“This year’s festival has a renewed focus on why the Singleton Festival was originally established – to highlight the artistic and cultural achievements of our community, to celebrate the talent we have right here in Singleton and to encourage other artistic people to come here to create,” he said.

“The Singleton Festival is a creation of the imaginations and talents of many groups and individuals, and the program we have this year is exceptional.

“It’ll all start off with the Guiness World Record Attempt for the most people crocheting simultaneously and the Official Festival Launch on Sunday 30 April. I encourage as many people as possible to bring their crochet hooks along to the Singleton Civic Centre and join in on the unique record attempt.

“Then of course we’ll have the very best in food and wine that our region is famous for, through to the quirky Hunter Strength Wars – an event that has to be seen to be believed.

“We’ll also be celebrating our local heritage with a Bush Poets’ Yarn Night and music lovers will be treated to the sounds of some of our best musicians in the Sacred Spaces, or head along to the two-day Bulga Beats.

“There truly is something for everyone.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the generous financial sponsorship of Glencore as well as the ongoing support from many community partners who are working with Council to present the festival.”

The full program is available at www.wearesingletonfestival.com, and Singleton residents can keep a watch on their letter boxes for their own printed copy to help plan their festival itineraries.

For more information, contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on (02) 6578 7560.

Media release courtesy of Singleton Council.