LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 41 PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Inspired by our Festivals www.centralgippsland.com.au @ centralgippsland Autumnal festivities abound This time of year is perfect for getting out and about and Central Gippsland hosts plenty of events to entertain and indulge visitors. The Sale Music Festival: Picnic on the Green will be held on Sunday, March 10, from 11am at the Sale Botanic Gardens, with a wide range of local musicians playing throughout the day. Entry is free and you can bring your own food and drink or choose from the vendors on the day. Always a great day out, the Sale Music Festival grows in popularity every year and is a fantastic way to spend time with family and friends. Tarra Festival, held across the Easter weekend, April 18 to 23 over Easter in Yarram and Port Albert, will this year run with a theme of peace and love with the flavours of the 1960s and 70s. One of Victoria’s longest-running festivals, it offers more than 50 events over seven days, including a street parade, art shows, markets, family fun activities, sports, vintage cars, Easter egg hunts, author talks, concerts, and the highly anticipated Pancakes in the Park on Easter Sunday. Don’t miss a great chance to explore the nearby rainforests of Tarra Bulga National Park and get to know Yarram and Port Albert over a great week of fun events. The iconic Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 11am to 4pm on the main street of Tinamba, just outside the Tinamba Hotel. Grab your partner, or get a group of friends and family together, and arrive early so you can enjoy the whole afternoon at this local event that just keeps growing. In Stratford, the Shakespeare on the River Festival, played out along the banks of the Avon, will run from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, May 12. Celebrating all things Shakespeare, the festival covers community, professional theatre and the broader arts scene and has grown to feature more than 20 different events. Art shows, the popular Faire Day – including exhibitions, markets, street performers and live entertainment – and a writing competition are features of this popular annual event. Autumn brings festivals to Central Gippsland, like Stratford’s Shakespeare on the River Festival.