(Picture: Grammy Nominated Cedric Burnside Project (USA) from Girrakools line up 2016. Photo by Alissa Johnson Xabc Photography)
THE CENTRAL COASTS VERY OWN ANNUAL WORLD-CLASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ named after the nearby waterfalls, and quite befittingly is Aboriginal for “Place of still water” ie Muddy Waters, will be held on the first weekend in March every year.
In a New Orleans styled theme, the Festival will feature a wonderful weekend of quality, international, national and local blues and roots acts, within the beautiful surrounds of Mt Penang Garden Parklands, in a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Patrons can bring their rugs and chairs to enjoy the world-class music, and soul food from our selectively picked stalls, including a unique American Southern style BBQ, and local artist stalls.
The main “Girrakool Stage” will be nestled among the trees in front of the creek, easily seen by all patrons. While the “Wondabyne Stage” will be located amid the Wonderbyne Sculptures at the other end of the gardens.
Apart from the music it will have a strong Aboriginal content, with indigenous bands, Welcome to Country Ceremony, Womens activities and with the potential of short tours to the Girrakool waterfalls and engravings.
A UNIQUE WEEKEND AWAY
Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ is the Central Coasts own world class music festival for all the community who loves music, fine food, culture and a great relaxing day out.
This festival is for Families and music lovers from the Central Coast and beyond who are looking to see live music at a reasonable price, where they know they will have a great time; within beautiful surrounds; where the children are welcome; the acts are of high quality; with great food and value for money.
The beauty of music is that it’s a universal language for all and we expect patronage will consist of the very young spaning to the considerably older folk of the Central Coast, due to the easy accessability of the Mt Penang Gardens.
Males, females, families, lovers, music lovers, event stalkers (socialities), from the struggling to the affluent, from the artistic to the intellectuals, will all enjoy the Girrakool Blues Festival.
Girrakool is bound to meet everybody’s needs Culturally, spiritually and musically – whether it’s the gardens and the surrounds; whether families would like a day out or whether music lovers are looking to see quality music.
Mt Penang Gardens is the perfect place for a day of fun and music. Situated conveniently between Newcastle and Sydney, and only a 2 minute drive from the M1 Motorway. It is also just short trip from either the Woy Woy (15 mins) or Gosfords (10 Mins ) Train Station.
The Fesitval will be held within the amphitheatre section of the beautiful 12 hectare gardens. The gardens are surrounded by cascading waterfalls and 12 different “garden rooms”, which during the summer days of march will lend themselves to a lovely day out for all of the family.
BBQ COMPETITION ” THE STAND OFF”
Xabc’s love of American Southern food will be on display at Girrakool Blues Festival offering a unique point of difference from other festivals, yet synonymous with blues music in the United States.
2018 will see the 2nd Annual BBQ Stand Off – an Australasian BBQ Alliance Endorsed BBQ Competition, with entry to all things BBQ on Sunday 4th, with demonstrations and kids activities.
While you won’t be able to eat from BBQ Competition Teams, Texas styled slow cooked BBQ will be on the menu through our food stalls with everything from Beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken wings served traditionally with slaw and smoked corn and potatoes.
It is important to us at Girrakool BF & BBQ to have our aboriginal brothers and sisters represented along side us. Since the Central Coast is rich in tradition, engravings and dreamtime stories, we welcome their inclusion into the festival. Set among the Bottle Tree section of the gardens, patrons will be able to immerse themselves in our first peoples heritage and ceremonies.
Not only that, we are more than excited to have high profile indigenous artists performing at Girrakool.