Enjoy lunch and a show — with strings attached

March 13, 2018

There will be plenty of tucker and a marionette performance at Goornong olive producer Bridgeward Grove this weekend

THE Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is not just for those living in the big smoke.

Goornong olive producer Bridgeward Grove is preparing a big day of activities for the whole family.

Late last year Bridgeward Grove started performing Swagman’s Luck, a marionette performance featuring the Australian classic Waltzing Matilda.

The business will once again have the performance of Swagman’s Luck at their Swags, Snags and Tuckerbags event.

There is a full day of games planned, a swagman’s lunch and the performance.

Owner Julie Howard said her business was constantly looking for ways to bring families to the farm gate.

“Swagman’s Luck has given us that opportunity with performances last year sold out, from little kids to pensioners everyone was enthralled by our local marionette performers bringing the puppets to life,” she said.

“We’ve spent the Christmas break improving our sound and auditioning to ensure a quality performance.

“Being part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this year is a wonderful opportunity for local families to join us.

“We’ve organised a day that appeals to all age groups with a family focus.”

Bridgeward Grove is working with Backpack Bed For Homeless to support the issue of homelessness in Australia.

“The swagmen were the first homeless in Australia, travelling the countryside looking for work and a feed,” Julie said.

“We continue to make a donation to them as part of each ticket sale and from proceeds on the day.”

The action begins at noon on Sunday. Tickets include lunch, the games and a performance and children under five are free.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket.

For information, or to book, contact Bridgeward Grove on 5432 2291 or 0417 521 409 or Bendigo Tourism on 5434 6060.

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