Can you hear that distant sound of a guitar gently strumming? That’s the sound of the Mildura Country Music Festival! Running from September 29 through ‘til October 8, this is one of the biggest events in Australia for local country musicians. The festival also turns it on with some great eateries and watering holes for you to enjoy, including the Ginporium and the world renowned Stefano’s Spanish Bar & Grill.
Now in its 31st year, the Mildura Country Music Festival celebrates the diverse range of country music that comes from the finest independent musicians in Australia. With over 70 individual artists booked to play over ten rockin’ days, you’ll definitely be leaving with a few new favourites to play in the car. Independent artists make up about 95% of performers in the country music industry, so this is their time to shine and show the world what they’ve got. Performing at 25 different venues around the city, Mildura will be absolutely buzzing during this amazing spectacle.
Tip: Don’t leave your accommodation to the last minute!
Check out some of the most prestigious categories and nominees at this year’s MCMF! Nominated for Country Music Single of the Year are: “That’s A Tradie” by Tania Kernaghan, “Defeated” by Aleyce Simmonds, “The Wide Horizon” by Darren Coggan, and “It’s Good To Know” by Jeff Gibson. For the highly coveted Australian Independent Album of the Year, there’s: “The Wide Horizon” by Darren Coggan, “50 Years in Oz” by Allan Caswell, “Walk In Circles” by Sandra Humphries, and “More That Meets The Eye” by Aleyce Simmonds.
Do you have a favourite?
You can’t visit Mildura and not make a stop at the famous Stefano’s. You’ll find this award winning restaurant located in the cellars of Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, known for serving the finest Italian food in the country. Renowned chef Stefano de Pieri prides himself on serving the freshest and finest dishes that utilizes local produce and wine. Choose to have authentic Italian cooking at Stefano’s restaurant, breakfast at Stefano’s café, or a mouth-wateringly delicious steak at The Spanish Grill. Whatever you’re craving, these restaurants will make it for you, and make it exceptionally well.
If your throat is getting dry from all that singing make sure you pop into the Ginporium in between sets. Fossey’s Ginporium and Distillery hand craft all their unique gin blends using local grape spirits and botanicals found in Mildura! With a huge selection of gin, the busy team of bartenders are more than happy to share the secret on crafting the perfect gin.
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