~ The Little Festival with the Big Heart ~
The annual Numeralla Folk Festival is held adjacent to the Australia Day long weekend each January. A dedicated band of community volunteers ensure that the campgrounds and hall are ready, the kitchen is ready to provide home-cooked meals and goodies, the bar is stocked, and the BBQ will be sizzling.
Numeralla takes great pride in being one of the last traditional, free folk festivals in Australia. There are no tickets and you don’t have to book – entertainment and camping are completely free – just turn up! It’s a long weekend of music, dance, dips in the river, yarns around the campfire and convivial conversation.
At Numeralla, there are no paid performers. As each festival unfolds you can savour the talents and friendship of the people who you meet. Some are old favourites you can’t wait to see again and some are delightful new surprises.
There are no shops in the village but you can eat heartily, from breakfast to supper, at the hall. The kitchen is open from 9-ish in the morning until stumps each night, serving snacks, hot and cold drinks, delicious home-cooked meals and goodies. The BBQ serves lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the bar. All are very reasonably priced.
Highlights of the festival include the bush dances, Numeralla’s very own “Numeralla Finger Plunkers” bluegrass band, and the blackboard concert – seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way. Sunday morning’s Country Markets showcase local sustainable produce. Amble about to sample the fresh food delights, pick up a bargain, hear some Numeralla bluegrass music or have a cuppa. Dance and music workshops and kid’s activities are also programmed over the four days – no prior skill required!
The festival has been running for four decades, providing a very social and entertaining weekend for folkies, visitors, and locals. The kitchen, BBQ, bar, raffle and T-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to the community groups in the village including the RFS, P&C, and Tennis Club. Supporting these sales ensures that the wonderful tradition of the Numeralla Folk Festival can continue, hopefully for many more years to come.
For more information you can find our page on Facebook “Numeralla Folk Festival” https://www.facebook.com/NumerallaFolkFestival or email firstname.lastname@example.org