Sunday 2 April, 2017
It’s time once again for the celebration of everything Emerald that is Funfest 2017. Funfest is the capstone event of the Performing and Visual Entertainment Festival (PAVE) and is an amazing day of fun for the whole family. Stroll, drive, or catch the train into town for an extravaganza of food, music, performance, rides, and local crafts that will tantalize everyone from children to adults. FunFest is the first day of the PAVE festival, an annual event that showcases the best in performing and visual arts from Emerald and surrounds, capturing the essence of creativity and imagination for which the Dandenongs are renowned.
FunFest has an amazing family carnival atmosphere, with something to please everyone. Whether you prefer locally made crafts, goods or gourmet foods; entertainment from any of the three live music stages; performances from street artists, Transformers, Dinosaurs, Stilt-Walkers, or Whip-Crackin’ good times; rides for the kids or just settling in to a quiet glass of wine at The Hive winebar (secluded paradise behind the bank) the Emerald FunFest is the place for you and the whole family.
Start your day with a stroll around the town checking out the goods, crafts and foods on offer, while soaking up the music from different stages. Entertain the kids with Go-Karts, mechanical ponies, Ferret racing (no, really – FERRET RACING – HILARIOUS!), Toby the Dinosaur (real live Velociraptor), and several performances from Transformers of Melbourne, or explore the Dreaming Space Geo-Dome for fun kids activities. Parents will love the live music, gourmet local produce, relaxed atmosphere, coffee, street performers and The Hive wine bar – for when everything else is too much.
This is an amazing, community run event with an emphasis on showcasing Emerald, performing arts, and great food and music. Food options include;
Here we truly have something for everyone, with a central Food Avenue in full view of the main stage, with tastes to tantalise and treat your tastebuds. These include;
- American Ribs
- Polish Dumplings
- Pulled pork rolls
- Spanish Paella,
- Himilayan Sherpa,
- Turkish Gozleme,
- Bavarian Bangers,
- Duck crepes,
- Indian Food,
- Twisty potatoes,
- Mini Donuts,
- Fresh juice,
- Chocolate fountain, and
- the ever present Poffertjes.
Your eardrums will be caressed by the main stage performers playing covers of the best rock, alternative and folk songs you’ve always loved, allowing you to boogie as you stroll, dine or shop. The youth stage (in collabration with FREEZA) will showcase the best young talent that the region has to offer (and anyone who knows Emerald and surrounds understands the musical pedigree we have the good fortune to enjoy), and the Mountain Pickers will get your feet tapping with the best of Bluegrass while you enjoy a wine or beer at The Hive.
Enjoy dancing and cheerleading demonstrations, Scottish Highland Dancing, roving Burlesque performers, and Stilt walking Giants. No street festival is complete without some stunning individuals displaying their physical talents, dancing their little hearts’ out.
Whether you’re a local and can walk on down, or whether you’d rather catch Puffing Billy or get a ride, the Emerald FunFest is the best family fun you’ll have all Autumn. Emerald and the Dandenongs enjoy stunning weather during April, often with beautiful warm, sunny afternoons which make the ruby and gold leaves shine on the trees in living celebration of the region. With local performers and producers offering world-class music, food, wine, crafts and gifts, you won’t want to miss this shining capstone event, and be inspired to look further into everything that the PAVE festival has to offer.