What’s on in Canberra this weekend

28 October 2016

Festival of Flavour Murrumbateman

Celebrate the finest flavours from Canberra and surrounds at a new festival dedicated entirely to your taste buds.

The inaugural Festival of Flavour will be held at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds this weekend, showcasing the best local produce in Canberra and surrounding regions, from the South Coast to the Snowy Mountains.

A feast for the senses, visitors will be able to sample an array of food, wine and beer while relaxing to live music. Some of the exhibitors include Pialligo Estate, Mount Majura Vineyard, Capital Brewing Co and Poachers Pantry.

More inquisitive minds can meet the faces behind the products and appreciate the effort that goes into transforming produce from paddock to plate and vine to wine.

A highlight is the VIP Long Table Banquet on Saturday night, which will serve up a menu of delicious meals, accompanying wines and entertainment by the Baker Boys Band.

The event will be held at the Murrumbateman Recreation Ground on Barton Hwy on Saturday 29th October from 10am – 7pm and Sunday 30th October from 10am – 4pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults ($16.50 with a tasting glass) and $5 for children aged between 12-18. Children under 12 years of age are free.

Please remember not to drink and drive. Abode Hotels will be opening a new hotel in Murrumbateman in the coming years so you won’t have to worry about getting to and from the event!

For more details visit www.festivalofflavour.com.au



Canberra Nara Candle Festival

A dazzling display of candles will light up Nara Peace Park and Lennox Gardens this Saturday as part of Canberra’s annual Nara Candle Festival.

Celebrating the unity between Canberra and its sister city Nara in Japan, the Candle Festival mirrors Nara’s annual ‘Tokae’, an event held in August where parks and world heritage sites are covered with tens of thousands of candles in the hope of receiving good fortune.

Around 2000 candles will be lit at dusk at Canberra’s version of the festival, along with various Japanese cultural activities for visitors to take part in, including ikebana (flower arranging), drumming workshops, calligraphy, origami, lantern making, kite flying and rice making. There will also be martial arts and sumo wrestling demonstrations as well as traditional Japanese cuisine to indulge in.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, which is an appreciation of Japanese culture and a reflection of the shared values of peace and goodwill that underpin the sister city relationship.

Festival opening hours are from 4.30pm to 9pm and entry is free. Parking is available in the Parliamentary zone, with a free shuttle bus to Canberra Nara Peace Park.

For more information visit events.act.gov.au/nara



Canberra International Film Festival

Sit back, relax and let the 2016 Canberra International Film Festival take you on a journey through the enigmatic world of film.

Held at the National Film and Sound Archive in Acton from 27 October to 6 November, the festival pays tribute to the international film industry through a series of events, workshops and screenings of works from past and present filmmakers.

A collection of acclaimed international titles will be screened each day, as well as archival works and for the first time local productions from Canberra – a special way to mark the event’s 20th anniversary.

Off the screen there is additional entertainment in the festival hub where you can listen to presentations from filmmakers about their projects and inspirations, watch short films and of course enjoy the staples of any festival; music, food and wine.

More information: www.ciff.com.au


Abode Hotels ACT Meteors home match

The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors women’s cricket team are taking on defending champions the Breezair South Australian Scorpions at Manuka Oval this Sunday, October 30.

Come cheer on your local team and enjoy the free family-friendly entertainment off the pitch, which includes free entry, a jumping castle, super slide and face painting.

Gates open from 1.30pm and the match kicks off at 2.15pm.

Gold coin donation at entry will be appreciated in support of the Canberra Hospital Foundation