Craigieburn Festival to be biggest yet!

Craigieburn Festival
Show time! Craigieburn Festival in 2016 to offer something for everyone.

MasterChef’s 2013 champion Emma Dean will lead a plethora of attractions for the whole family at Hume City Council’s Craigieburn Festival.

The annual extravaganza will take place from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday 27 February 2016, and between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 28 February 2016, at DS Aitken Reserve, on Craigieburn Road in Craigieburn.

Emma Dean will appear on the Sunday between 11am and 2pm, to show everyone how they can grow food in small gardens and develop wicking beds which help to save water.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council had planned activities for the Sunday which would thrill residents of all ages.

“Craigieburn Festival has been around for almost 30 years, and I think 2016 will be our biggest and best event yet,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Activities on the Sunday are set to include children’s cooking, painting and crafts, and a Storytime for our youngest residents in the Nylon Zoo inflatable turtle!

“The main stage will feature some beautiful singers and dancers, and I’m sure lots of people will relax to their live entertainment on the grass.

“Black Snake will be part of the fun with a wildlife show, and families shall be able to pat a range of four-legged creatures in the animal farm.

“We’ll have free pony and camel rides, and a jumping castle for children who love to bounce.

“There will be plenty of community displays, thanks to the Craigieburn Art Show and its spectacular paintings by local residents.

“Members of Victoria Police, the CFA, and the SES shall attend to demonstrate their equipment and talk with residents about how to stay safe throughout the year.

“Officers from Hume City Council will be on hand to answer questions that residents may have about the many services which Council provides.

“And a craft market will enable attendees to purchase items that have been made with love and simply can’t be found at the shops.”

The traditional carnival of rides will take place on both days of the festival, for which people can purchase tickets.

Festival-goers will be able to secure discounted ticket packages for the carnival of rides between 3.00pm and 5.30pm on the Saturday.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume’s youth would play an important role at Craigieburn Festival on the Saturday.

“Council’s Youth Services team has organised a variety of performances for the Saturday evening, and many acts will showcase Hume’s talented young musicians,” she said.

“Their live music will follow the traditional Torchlight Parade, in which dedicated volunteers from the CFA will march through DS Aitken Reserve, adorned in full uniform.

“It’s sure to be an exciting evening, thanks also to fireworks which will light up the Craigieburn sky shortly after dusk.”

Families can purchase food and drinks on both days of the festival, with lots of different culinary options available.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she hoped that people from all suburbs of Hume and beyond would attend this year’s Craigieburn Festival.

“The tight knit community of Craigieburn is home to so many young families, and the suburb is the perfect place for such a colourful event,” she said.

“The festival will be a terrific way for people to get to know others in their neighbourhood, and it’s destined to be a wonderful weekend.”

For further information about the 2016 Craigieburn Festival, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 2 February 2016


Updated : 11:48 AM, 4 February 2016

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