Inglewood Alive Festival

Published on 18 October 2019

WHEN:      Sunday 3 November

WHERE:    Brooke Street, Inglewood

The pretty town of Inglewood is really coming to life on the first Sunday in November with the spirited Inglewood Alive Festival. Bringing together community groups from Inglewood and surrounding districts, this is a fabulous, family-friendly day that not only promotes the area, but also provides a much-needed boost to the local economy.

The event, which started in 2012 as a response to the financial challenges following the 2011 floods, has grown bigger and better with each year. Suzi Birthisel, Secretary of the Committee, explains that the Festival has really expanded since that first year.

“Local traders got together to put the Festival together and it’s really snowballed. Each year we add different events and stall holders, making sure that everyone can enjoy something a little different, as well as what they’ve come to except from the day.”

“We’ve got activities from the Zone Amusement Park in Bendigo, and a few new ones that families will love. We’ve also aligned with the Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, so we’ve got some great performers coming to play and that always creates a really lovely atmosphere.”

The Festival sees the town transformed into a vibrant space filled with gourmet food vans and food court, live entertainment, a custom car and motorcycle show and shine display, selected market stalls, exhibits from community groups, free children’s activities, and the Wimmera Axemen’s Association Championship woodchop competition.

“The woodchop is always a huge attraction,” Suzi explains. “We’ve also got a lot of new and different food vendors, with a wide variety of food options – Vegan, Mexican and a Felafel van to name a few. It’s also great to see so many community groups and local volunteers be a part of the day. There’s such a sense of pride in the community and it’s wonderful to see.”

The renowned collectibles stores and the Eucalyptus Distillery Museum will be open during the Festival and fundraising stalls from local community groups also help provide an influx to the local economy.

For more information or to obtain a Naturally Loddon spring calendar, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489, email loddonvisitorinformation@loddon.vic.gov.au or visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au