Workshop: Make Your Own Wax Wraps


Sat 6 July 11am-1pm
Sun 21 July 11am-1pm

Community House, Railway Place

Reduce your dependence on single-use plastic by learning how to make your own beeswax wraps and create a container to store them in. Perfect for using in lunch boxes – you’ll have no need for cling wraps after this session run by experienced maker Judith McKay. All fabric, wax and equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own fabric if you prefer.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.

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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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It’s Grow Time: Winter Tree Planting


Sat 20 July 10am-12pm

Battery Hill, meet near the car park

Winter is the PERFECT time to plant trees. Join Conservation Volunteers Australia at picturesque Battery Hill to help celebrate National Tree Day (July 28). If you want to learn about native plants and animals and do your bit for the local environment then this is the activity for you! Suitable for all ages. All trees and equipment provided. Dress warm and ready for digging in the dirt.

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Workshop: Splash Trash Art


Sun 21 July 2-4pm

Port Fairy RSL Hall, Bank St

This (free!) marine debris art workshop is hosted by local artists Denise Regan, Britt Gow and Karen Clarke, who create works made of plastic collected from our beaches, oceans and other waterways. Consider the problem of plastic pollution, understand how to reduce your plastic footprint and create your own artwork. Artists will supply plastic collected from local beaches by BeachPatrol 3280- 3284 volunteers, but feel free to bring found objects of your own.

Spaces limited to 20. Phone 0458 016 300 to book now.

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Codrington Wind Farm Tours

Every festival Sunday 1:30-2:30pm
Codrington Wind Farm, 5213 Princes Hwy, Codrington (meet at the gate)

Did you know that just outside Port Fairy is Australia’s first commercial wind farm? Opened in 2001, the site was selected as being ‘close to perfect’ with strong prevailing winds blowing off the Southern Ocean. Your tour guide Tim has over 18 years’ of wind energy knowledge to share. He will show you around the base of the farm’s 81m towers and explain how the farm generates enough energy to power 10,000 Victorian homes every year.

These tours require a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 people. Only a few tickets are available at the gate. Please book here or phone 0419 188 715.

Please note: Sunday 9 June tour has been closed due to low numbers. Please book another session.


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Workshop: Sand and Sculpture

$35 or $55 with sealing

Mon 10 June 1-3pm
Sun 7 July 1-3pm

Community House, Railway place

In this clean and user-friendly workshop, hosted by Andrew Walsh, you’ll learn how to create captivating sand sculptures. Using select tools and equipment to design, carve, build and sculpt shapes in the sand. Being carbon neutral, the sand can be reused or if you want to take your creation home it can be sealed for you to eliminate mess. All equipment provided.

Bookings essential. Book online or phone 5568 2681.


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Winemaker Lunch at Conlan’s Wine Store

$110, includes four courses with matched wines

Sun 7 July 12:30-4:30pm

Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St

Conlan’s is delighted to team up with Belinda Thomson, winemaker at the iconic Crawford River vineyard, to host a specifically-designed four-course meal. This shared lunch is creatively paired to wines from Crawford River as well as Belinda’s own (limited release) label. Belinda will talk through her philosophy on viticulture and winemaking.

To book, phone Conlan’s on 03 5568 2582.

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Workshop: Island Landscape Photography


Sun 7 July 4pm-6.30pm

Griffiths Island, meet at the rotunda

Southwest photographers Perry Cho, Pete Chamberlain and friends take you for a dusk photography class on shooting beautiful sea and island landscapes. The aim is to capture a stunning sunset out at the lighthouse! Get on-site ideas for setting up the shot and meet these well-known local photographers, whose friendly and collaborative approach to photography will make for an excellent evening of exploring and learning.

No bookings required. Suited to all ages and levels. We thank Perry and Pete for generously volunteering their time and expertise for this special session.

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Children’s Make and Create

Gold coin donation

Sat 6 July 10am-12:30pm

St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St

Learn, play and experiment with a number of fun art techniques. Come and spend a morning amongst artists who’ll share fun ways to create using items you may already have at home. Local artists will bring ideas and supplies to inspire children. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 6+, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is proudly sponsored by Juno Boutique.

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Cellar Door at Conlan’s Wine Store


Sat 6 July 12-4:30pm

Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St

Conlan’s will become a pop up cellar door for one afternoon only. Take in this special chance to taste a range of wines and meet their producers without having to leave Port Fairy! Four guest wineries for the day will be: Hochkirch, Crawford River, Sub Rosa and Best’s Winery. Entry fee allows tastings from all visiting wineries. A light snack menu will be available for purchase during the afternoon.

No bookings required. Just arrive and dive in!

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Workshop: Wreath Making


Sat 6 July 3-4pm
Sun 7 July 3-4pm

Suffoir Winery and Brewery, 144 Mount Eccles Rd, Macarthur

The inspiring, natural surrounds of Suffoir Winery and Brewery is the perfect backdrop for a day of wreath making. Your experienced host will supply all materials, equipment, hot drinks and refreshments. A fundraiser for Macarthur’s Music in the Vines.

Limited to 20 places. Bookings essential. Phone 043 038 2432 or email suffoirwincelllar@

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Workshop: Night Lights Photography


Fri 5 July 6-7.30pm

Wishart St, meet at the cnr of Cox St

Renowned southwest photographers Perry Cho and Pete Chamberlain traverse the region to capture exceptional moments and scenes. Here in Port Fairy, Perry, Pete and friends will guide you on a Wishart St photography walk, helping you make the most of the festival’s Light Up Port Fairy program. Bring your camera for an informal evening class on how to take great night shots, including tips on exposure, framing, in-camera settings and more.

No bookings required. All ages and levels welcome. The festival thanks Perry and Pete for generously volunteering their time and expertise!

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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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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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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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