Friday, June 27, 2014
“the bellingen citrus trail festival”
The vision of the Bellopy markets is to continue to build and strengthen our community through our celebration and appreciation of our local organic produce and our growers.
Transition Bellingen will be auspicing this one day Festival. The citrus trail will be held on Saturday 26th July. The idea is simple. We want to bring our community together to celebrate our wonderful citrus season. We have an abundance of citrus trees growing throughout our town either in peoples backyards or their streets. . The idea for this festival is to invite anyone living in town who has such a tree or knows someone who does to enter the citrus trail festival.
Participants can have a stall on their own or share it with friends or neighbours. Applications will close end of June . Applications can be picked up from the local businesses that have donated prizes for the festival….these include alchemy, kombu, Bellopy markets, sweet Bellingen, weave, bello food box, the IGA, 2 Oak street, hearthfire and the emporium.
Participants will erect a roadside stall in front of their house and will make a flag indicating their stall number on their letter box.
The event will start at 9am at the Anglican church where all trail blazers will pick up their trailblazer map of Bellingen indicating the stalls and their products, the back of the map will be a scorecard.
Surrounding farms and properties can also participate but will have their stall at the church itself or can join forces with a friend in town.
The community can visit as many stalls as they want as long as it is on foot, bike, horse, skateboard and etc…. This way they get to exercise and meet new people along the way and see the town.
There will be prizes for both stallholders and trailblazers… which will be collated at the church after 1pm when the trail closes. Each stall will have a charity tin at their stall and trailblazers can deposit donations in the box to show their appreciation of the tasting. If people want to ‘buy’ a recipe they particularly like they can make a gold coin donation for it. If the stallholder wants to give the recipe away…they will indicate it at their stalls.
The trail will close at 1pm…and will finish back where it started at the Anglican Church. There will be some food vendors and live music for all the families and stalls to enjoy and share the rest of the day…with the aim of finishing at 4pm. Winners will be announced and prizes handed out after lunch.
There will be prizes for best stall, best juice, best food, best stallholder, best trailblazer costume, best dressed trailblazer pet, best dressed trailblazer mode of transport, fastest trailblazers to sample every stall.
We aim to promote this festival to our neighbouring shire..coffs harbour, valla, bonville, bowraville, Nambucca, Dorrigo etc… in an effort to build our regional community as well as our town itself…hopefully we can inspire these towns to do something similar.
The festival will be run by a group of 4 local volunteers and we have applied to council for a community events grant we hope to receive something towards this event.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Next Gathering: Sunday 22 June 1-3.45pm at The Youth Hub in Bellingen
RSVP by Thursday 19 June It will help the planning to know how many people to expect.
We all love to visit gardens but there is rarely any time to look back on our progress and discuss and make plans for the rest of the year and into the future.
This afternoon will be an opportunity to share feed-back about our progress so far, share some visioning for the future, plans for the rest of this year and beyond. We will also watch films, share an excellent afternoon tea and have some fun. The Youth Hub is a lovely, comfortable space for us to do all these things.
Everyone is invited - if you have never been to any of our Gatherings, this will be an excellent time to get to know us and learn more about our philosophy. We are a very friendly group and you will feel welcome. We are all about sharing - our seeds, plants, skills, knowledge -
Please bring some afternoon tea to share, any plants and seeds you have to share - labelled of course - and a notebook + your ideas.