Merrijig Kitchen's Sunday Winter Roast


Sun 23 June 12:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun 7 July 12:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun 21 July 12:30pm SOLD OUT

Merrijig Kitchen, Cnr Campbell and Gipps Streets

Join the ‘jig for their 2019 Winter Roast Sunday Lunch series! Enjoy a shared 2-course luncheon cooked entirely in their garden wood-fired oven, with pre-lunch cocktails and a few special treats thrown in. Grab some friends, sit round the long table and enjoy an afternoon of winter feasting!


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Coffee Class: Espresso and Milk Texturing


Friday 7 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 21 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 6 July 4-5:30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 19 July 4-5:30pm

Driftwood Espresso and Eatery, 10 Bank St

Perfect the art of espresso making in this intense, hands-on class. Guided by Ally from Port Fairy’s small-sized but big-hearted Driftwood Cafe, learn how to make the perfect latte and understand precisely which beans to select. With detailed instruction on dialling in your grinder, dosing beans and heat and action required for milk texturing, this exclusive class takes coffee-making to a whole new level. Includes all beans, instruction and equipment. Also includes delicate, tasty treats to take home.

Small classes, places are limited. Bookings essential. Book via Instagram message or phone 0435 750 105.

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Every festival Saturday, 8am

Russell Clarke Reserve, James St

Start the weekend right with a jog around on of the prettiest parts of Port Fairy. A timed 5km event for people of all ages and abilities to walk or run around the lake and parklands in the morning winter light. Register online, print out your barcode and meet at the amenities block 7.50am for the briefing. Dogs (on a lead) are also welcome!

Register to run at

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Exhibition: Melbourne Collage Assembly


Opening night talk and drinks, Sat 8 June 5-6pm
Exhibition open every festival night from 4:30pm

Coffin Sally, 33 Sackville St

In a first for regional Victoria (or anywhere outside of Melbourne in fact!), the Melbourne Collage Assembly get out of the city for an exclusive exhibition in Port Fairy. The freshly formed group (est 2018) demonstrate the infinite possibilities of the collage art medium, where hand-dissected images are reassembled or placed to create new meaning. Come along to meet five artists who have exhibited or published works across the globe, and who now bring their new collection of original works to Winter Weekends.

This exhibition runs till Sunday 30 June. Check them out on insta @melbournecollageassembly

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Pool Party!

$10 per child

Fri 21 June 6.30pm-8pm

Belfast Aquatic Community Pool, Campbell St

Kids, tell your parents. Parents, tell your kids...there’s a party in the pool at Belfast Aquatics. Get your groove on in the water with music, party lights, the Inflatables, pool toys and much more. It’s the ultimate flashy, splashy disco! For 15 years & under. Adult supervision required. No drop-offs, thank you.

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Wayapa Wuurk: Aboriginal Yoga Meditation


Sat 22 June 9-10am
Sat 22 June 11:00am-12:00pm

Outdoors at the Rail Trail clearing, Regent St opp Railway Place

Originating in Aboriginal wisdom, Wayapa is sometimes called Aboriginal yoga. Join practitioner Thaedra Frangos, a Wemba Wemba and Dhudhuroa woman who teaches this gentle physical movement and meditation practice. Wayapa is for everyone, all ages and levels, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. It promotes reconnection with the earth as a starting point for wellness and healing, based on the understanding that Aboriginal people have lived in harmony with the earth for more than 65,000 years. This session is outdoors (indoors at the Reardon Theatre only if bad weather).

Dress warm and bring a yoga mat or towel. Tickets available here or on the day.


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Children’s Creative Nature Play

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 10-11:30am

Meet at Battery Hill car park

Engage your senses and bare feet! Join us for a winter’s morning of nature play and flow. Using nature and young imaginations to create, play and enliven.

Suitable for ages 5-12, parents to stay with under 10s. Wrap up warm, bring snacks and water. This event proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Physiotherapy.

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Up To Your Elbows In Cabbage: Fermenting With Caroline Gray


Sat 22 June 11:30-2pm

In the Merrijig kitchen, cnr of Campbell and Griffiths St

Fact: Caroline Grey (Cunliffe and Waters, the Yarra Valley’s Relish Mama cooking school, and A Bit of Pickle and Jam) is a preserve and pickle guru. This two-hour session is your chance to cover the basics of fermentation with an expert, in the warmth of the Merrijig kitchen. Get involved as Caroline splits a cabbage straight down the middle, pitting the delicious stink of Korea’s kim chi against Germany’s sauerkraut! Become acquainted with your new favourite snack: the kim chi toastie! This is hands on and elbows deep, with all the jars, recipes, ingredients and kombucha provided. There’s nothing you wont know about fermentation (or cabbage!) by the end of this.

Spaces strictly limited to 15 people.


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Workshop: Mandala Magic


Sat 22 June 1-3pm

Community House, Railway Place

Mandala is a sanskrit word meaning a dot in the centre of a circle, with the circle surrounding the dot represents the universe. Ancient and modern cultures have used mandalas for mindfulness, relaxation and focus. Run by arts teacher Chris Dobson, start with viewing and analysing Mandala examples from a range of styles, history and various cultures before making your very own colourful creation. All in a welcoming, relaxing environment. All materials supplied and no prerequisite skills are necessary.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.


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Nature Photography Talk


Sat 22 June 2-4pm

Blarney Books and Art, James St

Author and nature photographer Chris Farrell shares how his passion for the natural world has been influenced by his visits to southwest Victoria over the last 30 years. Hear how his photography helps identify the Southern Right Whales that visit this coastline and see rare bird, marine life and other images from Chris’ archives of the beauty of earth from the land, sea and air. Images and books available for signing, with 50 % of all sales and 100% of all entry fees donated to WWF Australia, Birdlife Australia and Killarney Coast Care.

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Music of Ludovico Einaudi


Sat 22 June 4-5pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Julie McErlain (piano), Mike Weise (cello) Chris Philpot & Tristan Forster (violins) and Andrew Philpot (percussion) perform the music of contemporary classical composer Ludovico Einaudi. Beautiful, mesmerising, contemplative, colourful and dramatic. A unique performance.

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Fae and Folklore: Tales Around the Campfire

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 5:30-7pm

Limestone Gallery, 506 Princes Highway, Port Fairy

You'll find no Cinderellas or happy-ever-afters here! Instead, gather round the fire and let long ago tales sweep you into a world of witches and fairies, pirates and pixies. An event for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Food and drink available at Limestone Gallery.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Mill Coffee Bar and Eatery.

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Dalwhinnie Dinner


Sat 22 June 6:30pm

Gladioli Restaurant, 22 Sackville St

A collaborative dinner featuring one of Australia’s premium wine producers, Dalwhinnie, alongside Gladioli chefs carefully creating dishes to match wines. This iconic Pyrenees producer is known for premium Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. After 40 years of growing grapes the now fully mature 16-hectare vineyard is producing true varietal fruit characters with great concentration of flavours. The vineyard does not have its own restaurant, so this evening is a rare opportunity to enjoy food designed specifically for the wine.

Strictly limited seats available. Bookings essential. Phone Gladioli on 03 5539 7523.

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España el Vito: The Spirit of Spain

$30/$25 concession

Sat 22 June 7:30-9pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Acclaimed 10-string Spanish classical guitarist Matthew Fagan, aka Lord of the Strings, presents a concert of traditional flamenco elements with masterpieces of composers Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Fall and Joaquin Rodrigo in stunning new arrangements. This performance celebrates the launch of Matthew’s LP ‘El Vito’, the first new Spanish guitar vinyl release in Australia in 30 years. He will also be joined onstage by singer Kellie Grace for joyous Latin and Bossa Nova Jazz vocals.

Tickets available here or at the door.


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Winter Soltice Dawn Swim

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 7am

East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave

Darkness, ocean rumbles, towels around shivering shoulders, icy sand in toes, drumming beats, buzzing minds, racing hearts, slivers of sunlight, rays on the water, and BAM!’re under and above, gasping, trembling, shrieking, whooping, thrilled and more alive than you’ve been all year. It. Does. Not. Get. More rejuvenating than this. A dip to cleanse, awaken or embolden. Back it up with warming company by the fire drums, toasty BBQ breakfast and hot milo (free for participants). Call it brave. Call it duty. You never regret a swim.

Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. This event is proudly sponsored by Mangowood Boutique.

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Pete Gill on Blue Whales

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Honorary research fellow Dr Pete Gill is the Director of the Blue Whale Study, Australia’s longest-running blue whale research program, based near Portland. Hear Dr Pete’s fascinating insights on the largest living creatures on earth, the endangered blue whale. Learn about their ecology, migration, habitat and behaviour. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Pallisters Reserve

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10am-2pm

Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford

Pallisters Reserve is an abundant 250-hectare wetland space that’s home to more than 125 bird species and hundreds more flora specimens including gums, tea trees, banksia, rare native grasses and more than 25 orchid varieties. The Friends of Pallisters welcome guest speaker Doug Robinson from Trust for Nature, who will talk about how climate change affects the reserve, now and in the future. Enjoy a winter walk through the rugged landscape, take part in native tree planting and seed bombing, or photograph wildlife as you explore.

Light lunch provided. All are welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre in Port Fairy at 9.30am to follow a convoy of cars to the reserve if required. For more details on this fantastic event please see the festival website or call Pallisters volunteer, Peter Carrucan on 03 5562 6179.

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