After a year off, the Easter Festival returned to Central Tilba on Saturday 20 April. In sparkling sunshine, close to 7,000 people poured down Corkhill Drive and into town.
The Festival was opened by Walbunga Elder, Aunty Viv Mason and Eurobodalla Mayor, Liz Innes. Aunty Viv and the Dhaadjawan Dancers invited the crowd to participate in a smoking ceremony which set a spirit of inclusive participation for the day.
With a new layout in Bate Street for stalls and increased seating, there was plenty of space for the happy crowd to mingle, queue for the food stalls, listen to the great music and take part in the ever popular Tilba Festival Traditional Street Games, the Boot Throw, Cheese Roll and the Egg Toss.
A wide range of food stalls offered everything from festival favourites, gozleme and wood fired pizza, through classic hamburgers and gourmet hot dogs, healthy organic food and BBQ with an indigenous twist. It was fortunate that there was so much choice as several stalls sold out early in the day!
The talented musicians kept the stages and street lively, with local favourites Benji and the Saltwater Sound System having the Gulaga Stage and the Drom Hotel absolutely jumping in the middle of the day.
Above The entry line on Corkhill Drive,
Above: Mountain Mother Forge Blacksmithing Demonstration
The Festival once again proved a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. Thanks to everyone who came along and took part in the day.
The organising Committee would like to thank everyone who provided their support this year, including the business owners of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba and their staff, the enthusiastic teams of volunteers and the local community. As any surplus Festival funds go to assist local charity groups and causes it’s fantastic to have strong local support.
We can’t wait to bring it all back again next year, and in the meantime, everyone has plenty of time to practice those egg catching skills!