Events

The Manning Valley plays host to a diverse range of festivals and events throughout the year - from rodeos, markets and powerboats to music and cultural festivals, there is something for everyone.

A comprehensive list of all events across our region can be found at barringtoncoast.com.au/events/

Johns River Country Markets

Johns River Country Markets has been running for just over 35 years. The markets are held on the second Saturday of the month and some Public Holiday Mondays. They have a great range of stalls with excellent food, tea, coffee and their legendary Devonshire Teas. All funds raised form the stallholder sites and food sales goes directly into the managing the Hall and Reserve. There is plenty of off street parking, level access for all, toilets and a covered children's playground. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

The Secret Farmers Market

The Secret Weekly Farmers Market is held every Thursday with locally grown and created products including fresh fruit and vegetables, local honey, pastured eggs, fermented food and drinks, jams and chilli sauces, fresh pork and beef, raw cakes, organic pasta, seeds and seedlings, olives and olive oil and lastly flowers. Stall holders include Hidden Valley FreeRange, Bottled Culture, Hand n Hoe Macadamias, Kitchen, Organics MattR, Totally Freerange, Granny Mels, Parched Earth, Refugium Flora, Gilchrist Honey and more. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Old Bar Markets

Old Bar Markets are a popular market held in the village of Old Bar and has a wide variety of unique market stalls. Old Bar Market offers a laid back atmosphere, fresh produce, bric-a-brac, plants, jewellery, homemade products, home wares and lots more.

Wingham Farmers Market

Since 2003, the Wingham Farmers Market has been a great source of fresh local produce. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, supporting the local community. If it’s grown, baked or made sustainably in the region it’s welcome at Wingham Farmers Market. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Krambach Markets

Krambach Markets are held in the old School of Arts Hall in Krambach on the third Sunday of each month. For an authentic country market with a real local flair, this is the place to be. You will find local stall holders selling country crafts, preserves, produce, plants, bric a brac, chocolates, lavender, cakes, woodwork, handmade soap, gingerbread, silk painting and much more. Arrive early and enjoy delicious country made morning teas. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Virtual Cooking Class with Donna -Vegetarian Gado Gado

Vegetarian Gado Gado - Quick class by Zoom The entire household can join the cookery class. For bookings with ingredients included, please book by Monday, April 20. Join Donna as she shows you how to put together one of her favourite vegetarian dishes. This class gives you the option of purchasing your own ingredients (easy to do with this class) or allowing you to gather them from your local suppliers. Please enter and pay for the number of people in your household if you would like them to shop for you. This option is only available for residents of Wingham, Taree and Tinonee, or those able to collect ingredients at Bent on Food. Alternatively enter and pay for class only and they will send you the zoom link with instructions and recipes complete with shopping list. They look forward to seeing you. Coming soon - Vietnamese feast!

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

The Manning Valley Historical Society presents the annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, held the last week of May. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham (N.S.W) to enjoy the Festival. Sunday - Scottish Concert. Thursday - Genealogy Fair and Workshop. Friday - Heritage Breakfast, Heritage Bus Tour, Golf Match (Clash of the Clans), Clan Gathering and Ceildh. Saturday - Highland Fair and Games. Pipe bands including a Quintet Competition. Markets and Clan stalls. Grand Scottish Ball. Sunday - Riverside Thanksgiving Service and Blessing of the Banners. Barbecue Breakfast and Farewell. A Mayoral reception and official opening ceremony also take place during the weekend. Some events require you to purchase a ticket - order your tickets online on the Bonnie Wingham website. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

VRA Weekend on Wheels

**This Event has been cancelled for 2020** Weekend on Wheels is a family friendly event held each year in May. Major stands and displays include both NSW Police and Fire Brigade. Children can look forward to a visit by Big Dog. Vintage cars and hot rods will be on display both days, as will a bike display, food stalls, markets, and entertainment for all ages. Saturday will start with a morning tea at Bunnings, Taree followed by a Poker Run. Sunday will be the big day out at the Showground. All proceeds go towards the Manning Volunteer rescue squad Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Envirofair

Envirofair is a community event that takes place annually in the beautiful river city of Taree, in the Manning Valley and proudly presented by Manning Valley community radio station 2BOB 104.7FM. The aim of Envirofair is to raise awareness about environmental protection, and the local environment from its natural assets to the people who live and work within it. The event is a fun-filled family day of entertainment featuring: music, dancing and performance artists; fabulous food from 2BOB Radio's famous Global Cafe and local epicureans; innovative market stalls; displays and demonstrations of ecologically-friendly products and ideas for living; and inspirational environmental speakers. Kids are sorted with a variety of cool activities and workshops for their entertainment, including candle and kite making, circus skills, and face painting, you can even fashion your own instrument from recycled objects with Junk Music, plus heaps more. The event is sponsored by Greater Taree City Council, Mid Coast Water, JR Richards, MidCoast Waste Services, Sea Acres Rainforest Sanctuary, Greenpatch Organic Seeds, Manning River Times, Taree Hire, Holiday Coast Credit Union and 2BOB Radio volunteers. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Taree Cup Weekend

Taree Wingham Race Club's premium racing event is the Taree Cup which is held in August each year. The first day of the Cup weekend is the on the Friday where we feature the Hopkins / Livermore Cup, which has an eight race program with full food and beverage facilities, TAB, and bookmakers available in the race club's air conditioned Winning Post Grandstand - a great start to the weekend. Taree Cup Day is held on the Sunday and sees all the club's facilities open with special race day packages available. Book in the grandstand overlooking the home straight and finishing post to make it a special day at the races, along with many other food and beverage facilities, grandstand seating, plenty of public parking for the big crowd, and buses running to the racecourse from selected locations. A feature of the day is the 'fashions on the field' competition for men and women with valuable prizes to be won on the day.

Easter Powerboat Spectacular

**2020 Event is now Postponed until September 2020** The annual Taree Easter Powerboat Classic is set to be one of the best meetings yet with plenty of racing, quality entrants and the hosting of the 10th Anniversary running of the Liberty Cup, along with heaps of other major races. On water practice will start on Friday afternoon with racing Saturday and Sunday. Presentations will be a sit down dinner at Sailo's on Sunday evening. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Taree Show

The Taree Show is an annual event held in the picturesque Manning Valley. Friday is a fun day along with horse events kicking off the show. Saturday they have racing pigs with one of the pig races raising money for a local charity, motorbike displays, vintage tractors, grand parade, Show Girl, wood chop and chainsaw competition. Displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, pot plants, jam and jellies, needlework, photography and art work. Judging of poultry, sheep and cattle. Kiddies corner with activities and face painting balloon modelling. Reptile shows, music, horse events and more; ending with a fireworks display. Sunday they have the dog show, kiddies corner, horse events, reptile shows and goat judging, post rip and Demolition Derby. Bring the family for a great day at the Show!

Gardenista

A festival of flora, food and fine art. Extravagant botanical installations including wearable botanical design Saturday gourmet lunch with speaker Art competition Gourmet catering including tapas bar, high tea, coffee and cake (so far) Specialty plant market Workshops and demonstrations Hanging basket competition Botanical handbag and shoe competition Open gardens with large plantings and extensive vistas, snacks and live music Please note that this event will be postponed to October 2021 if social distancing rules still apply October 2020

Mountain Bike Australia NSW Schools Championships

The Mountain Bike Australia NSW Schools Championship is a mountain bike extravaganza for school aged competitors running over three days. It offers junior riders the opportunity to take part in premium mountain biking across the three disciplines of XC, Enduro and XCO racing. The Mountain Bike Australia NSW Schools Championship weekend aims to celebrate the skills and achievements of junior riders within the mountain biking community.

Wingham Akoostik Festival

The award-winning Wingham Akoostik Music Festival is three brilliant days of music; celebrating artistic expression, culture and community. From humble beginnings, the Festival has experienced significant growth to now be recognised as one of the NSW Mid Coast’s most vibrant events; attracting over 3000 people annually. Held on the third weekend in October, the event brings together high-profile musicians, local and regional musical performers, creative artists, local businesses, producers, volunteers, students, tourists and locals. The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival is music, camping, food and more. The family-friendly Festival embraces a broad range of entertainment and cultural experiences, including on-site camping in the historic Wingham Showground, in the picturesque Manning Valley.

Taree Running Festival

The Taree Running Festival is a two day running event through beautiful Taree. Runners will enjoy trail runs through Kiwarrak State Forest and a fun run through the heart of Taree. With something for the whole family, the Taree Running Festival will feature community activities.

Taree Night Bazaar

Introduced in 2014, this great family friendly celebration is now a major yearly event in Taree, occurring Saturday 24 November 2018. The Taree Night Bazaar has it all! Great live entertainment, art displays and artwork available for purchase, over 40 stalls selling an array of goods, many shops open during the event offering significant discounts, and a huge range of food is available for purchase during the event. Victoria Street will be closed to vehicles (between Manning Street and Pultenery Street) from 2pm to allow stall holders to set up. The Night Bazaar will be open from 5pm to 9:30pm. Eggins Coaches will be doing a free shuttle bus around Taree (details to be confirmed) so leave the car at home and come on down for an evening of shopping.

New Year's Eve - Fireworks on the Foreshore

Join in the fun on New Year's Eve at Taree's favourite family event. Fireworks on the Foreshore runs the length of the stunning Manning River foreshore, from the Martin Bridge to the Sailing Club. Entry is free, and there will be live music and entertainment; novelties and activities for the kids and kids-at-heart; a festive, picnic atmosphere. The event culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the water. This is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event.

A TasteFest on the Manning

***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** Taree Lions Club will again be coordinating this very successful and engaging community event. TasteFest on the Manning brings this community and producers event to Manning Valley for the people of the Mid Coast region and its visitors. Please join them as they take your taste-buds and other senses on a wild ride at TasteFest, on the beautiful foreshore park of the Manning River. There will be lots of shade whilst enjoying the coastal breeze. TasteFest will showcase the best the Manning Valley and beyond has to offer and will include craft beer, food, wine, entertainment and music, as well as activities on the river. TasteFest on the Manning is conducted by Taree Lions club as a charity that benefits the community and celebrates life in the Manning Valley. They look forward in having you join in the fun, fine food and festive spirit. Sample TasteFest in Queen Elizabeth Park in the central business district of Taree. Visit the TasteFest on the Manning facebook page and register your interest in coming.