Pop and Pour Festival begins with a real bang

December 02, 2017

Pop 'n' Pour festival. Photo by Luke Hemer

THERE were plenty of corks popped and bottles poured on Saturday at the inaugural Perricoota Pop and Pour Festival.

The festival, aimed at highlighting local food, wine, beer and cider, sold 992 tickets, just eight shy of a sell-out, and organisers couldn’t have been happier.

‘‘For our first time it went really well,’’ organiser Jacqui Wegener said.

‘‘Generally we have had positive feedback and all of the venues have said what a great day it was.

‘‘We are already looking towards next year and what we can do to improve the festival.’’

Ms Wegener said they hoped to add more venues.

‘‘We had an even balance between tourists and locals so a lot of accommodation places and local cafes also benefited from the visitors being in town for the whole weekend,’’ she said.

‘‘Next year we want to make it bigger and iron out a few things.

‘‘The bus service did so well and was really flexible when things didn’t go exactly to plan.

‘‘We thought we would have a bus every 15 minutes but we ended up needing them quicker than that and they happily went through with that.’’

The day featured a lot of local and out of town musicians which Ms Wegener said added to the vibe.

‘‘Benny Walker was a massive hit at the end of the day at Morrison’s,’’ she said.

‘‘And all of the musicians throughout the day were fabulous and made the venues really relaxed.’’

Ms Wegener wanted to thank everyone for their support.

‘‘All our sponsors and people got on board and had faith in us without knowing how it would all turn out,’’ she said.

‘‘We look forward to all their support next year.’’

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