Fri 5 July from 6pm
St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St
It’s state vs state. And grape vs grape. For a night of natural wines, DJs and after party. Teams of winemakers from SA and VIC battle with their best low-intervention wines. Sample and sip different labels. Vibe on the passion of the makers. Learn about the no-chemical, no-industrial processes that take the fruit from vine to bottle with the least amount of interference. Which state will reign supreme? Only you can decide. A rare night to play with rare winemakers in the church hall in Port Fairy. All hosted by Lucy, purveyors of fine drinks and parties.
Tickets limited. Book here. Some tickets also available at the door. Read More
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! Read More
Fri 7 June 7-8:30pm
Fri 22 June 7-8:30pm
Fri 5 July 7-8:30pm
Fri 19 July 7-8:30pm
Port Fairy Yacht Club, Battery Point
Designed by Donella for people at all levels, come along for a special session of asanas, yoga nidra (relaxation), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. A peaceful and authentic way for all levels to explore and connect with yourself in a beautiful riverside setting.
Entry at the door or pre-book by phone on 0428 654 570. Read More
$25 for three films or $10 per film
Reardon Theatre, Bank St
The Port Fairy Film Society presents a mini Aussie Film Festival. Engaged and in love, Aussie Lauren and Englishman Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. When Lauren’s mother goes missing, they’re forced on a road trip leading to personal fulfilment through the wild beauty of the landscapes and the unbeatable charm of the characters they meet along the way. But will they find Lauren’s mother and pursue their dream wedding? (2019)
Tickets available at the door. Read More
Friday 5 July 8pm
The Wharf, 29 Gipps St
How do you build a couta boat and sail it to South Australia to establish the tuna fishing industry? And from there, set up the prawn fishing industry? What’s it like growing up camping on Griffith Island, where your grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper? This is just a touch of the lived history of Roger Haldane, a true Port Fairy pioneer, innovator and man of the sea and land who’s also passionate about building and rowing wooden boats. Join local author Jock Serong in conversation with Roger for a rare evening of live, riverside storytelling.
All proceeds to Port Fairy Marine Rescue. Tickets available here and at the door. Read More
Friday 7 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 21 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 6 July 4-5:30pm
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. Read More
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 Read More