Wingham Beef Week has been running since 1987 and is now in its 29th year in 2016. Starting with the Junior Field Days on Monday and finishing with the Beef Barons Ball, there are parades and competitions held all week. With the support of their sponsors, local schools and the beef producers of the Manning Valley, they've put together a great program of events to get everyone involved in the festivities.
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.
Two of the most popular events in the Manning Valley take place in October each year and include the Wingham Akoostik Festival and Old Bar Beach Festival.
The three day Akoostik Festival is a feast for music lovers, with an ever-growing array of performers, workshops, quality food and market stalls. This grassroots festival, held from the 16-18 October, has been awarded Community Event of the Year and Regional Flagship status as a key tourism event on the NSW calendar.
Our fabulous events attract thousands of people every year who are able to experience what the Manning Valley has to offer during their stay.
Since 2003, the Wingham Farmers Market has been a great source of fresh local produce. Find produce that is grown, baked or made sustainably in the region. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, supporting the local community.
The Wingham Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month, and the new revitalised markets are thriving in their new home at the Wingham Skate Park. The markets stalls include local grown fruit and vegetables, home baked goods, plants, wine, sauces, jams and pickles.
Held on the third Saturday of the month, this is Taree's biggest markets selling everything from books, crafts, candles, unique gifts, and plenty of locally grown produce.
Markets feature local stallholders selling country crafts, preserves, produce, plants, chocolates, lavender, cakes, woodwork, handmade soap, gingerbread, silk painting and much more. Come early for delicious morning teas.
Old Bar Markets are a popular market held in the village of Old Bar and has a wide variety of unique market stalls. Great atmosphere and plenty of local produce on offer.
Come along to the grounds of Johns River Community Hall for the monthly markets. They are held on the second Saturday of the month. On display you will find a large range of stalls and old wares with home made items and excellent food, including the legendary Devonshire Tea or Coffee provided by the Trustees of the Community Hall. Easy level access and ample parking. All proceeds from food sales at the markets go back into the hall and facilities. They look forward to seeing you at the markets.
Taree Wingham Race Club's premium racing event is the Taree Cup weekend which is held in August each year. The first day of the Cup weekend on the Friday features 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. Sunday is Taree Cup Day 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.
The very popular Black Head Bazaar market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, native Australian plants, handmade clothing, jewellery, homemade cakes and slices. Food stalls and wonderful fresh roasted coffee is also available for purchase. Black Head Bazaar operates between September and May. Please note, they do not have markets during the winter months of June, July and August.
Every year, the town of Taree on the Manning River plays host to the Easter Powerboat Spectacular. The event attracts both local and international drivers with some of the best racing on offer, right on the banks of the picturesque Manning River. Starting on Good Friday the event runs until Easter Monday, with great viewing along the foreshore of Taree from Fotheringham Park to Endeavour Place.
Weekend on Wheels is a family friendly event held each year in May. All proceeds go towards the Manning Volunteer rescue squad. 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.
The Manning Valley Historical Society Thirteenth annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham to enjoy a Scottish Concert on Sunday, 28th May 2017. Then, from Thursday 1st June 2017, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research); Friday 2nd, poet's breakfast, bus tour, baking competition, nine hole golf tournament, social bowls, Scot's Family Night Out; and on Saturday 3rd June, the main festival with street parade, opening ceremony, markets and clan stalls, Highland games and massed bands closing ceremony and, in the evening a grand Scottish ball. On Sunday 4th June: blessing of the banners, barbecue breakfast, luncheon and concert/Ceilidh. 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. A complete programme of events and functions for Bonnie Wingham 2017, including booking forms for sites and events is available for perusal and/or download from the website.
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.
This years Tinonee Orchid Nursery Annual Open Day and Show will include it's usual line up of great guest speakers as well as workshops, live potting demonstrations and a lot of flowering plants. Free sausage sizzle will available and light meals and refreshments will be available for purchase.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year. Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival. The number of Kombis that arrive at the festival has steadily increased over the last five years, due to the support of many Kombi owners who have now made the festival an annual pilgrimage. Whilst the Kombi's are a highlight of this festival, there is much more to do over the two days. There is a huge range of market stalls, food stalls, local wine and produce tasting, live music, fashion parades, and a whole lot more for you to enjoy at this family friendly event.
The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians. Previous festivals have seen performances from James Reyne, Grace Knight, Wendy Matthews, Richard Clapton and Rick Price, just to name a few. Included over the three day event are workshops catering for all ages and interests. Camping is available for the entire weekend at the Wingham Showground. For tickets and a full list of performing artists please refer to the Akoostik Festival web site.