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 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.
Black Head Bazaar operates on the first Sunday of the month between September and May (no winter markets). This very popular market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, handmade clothing and jewellery, homemade cakes, slices and biscuits. Food and wonderful fresh roasted coffee available for purchase.
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/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.
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.
The Comboyne Show not only offers a unique program of Mountain Goat Racing but all the features of a traditional Australian Agricultural Show. Among the pavilion exhibits visitors will see a high standard of entries in art, craft, photography, cooking, produce, flowers, and the Poultry Show. See the Comboyne Championship Dog Show on the western side of the showground. A full program of entertainment for all ages includes great fun rides for the kids, face painting and performances. Relax in the shady marquees. Browse the market stalls and enjoy Comboyne's famous country cooking with tearoom cakes, salads rolls, devonshire teas, the big Country Barbecue - plus pancakes, great coffee, and ice cream. What more could you want?
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.
Get up close and personal with some of Australia's best artisans while they show you how they create their amazing pieces. Some artisans even hold workshops after Expo to pass on their skills. Secure some amazing crafted items and get the stories behind their creation from the artisans who created them. Find hard to get tools and materials from specialist suppliers. A must visit event for year 10 and 11 TAS and art students, and anyone who appreciates superbly crafted items. Artisan Expo runs on the last weekend in February each year at Artisans On The Hill (near Taree).
Nabiac Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of every month (except December) at the Nabiac Showground Hall. Stock up on seedlings for your vegetable patch and meet your local growers and producers who make such a variety of gourmet goodies available for you. Taste the organic coffee, new gluten free bakery with freshly baked biscuits and cakes, honey, goats milk beauty products, sourdough bread, nuts, gingerbread, fresh cut flowers, confectionery, regional wines, freshly laid eggs, seedlings, beef products direct from the producer, delicious cakes, fruit and vegetables, olives, local artisans and music to entertain you while you browse! So come to Nabiac, be early for the best pick, have a coffee and sample the barbecue too.
Held on the fourth Saturday of each month (except in December) this local community markets sells everything from crafts and vintage clothing to locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Taree District Rowing Club will be hosting the championship this year. Come along and enjoy two days of great racing from the banks of the Manning River.
This is 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.
The 131st Wingham Annual Show will be three days full of competitions and rides with all the fun of a true agricultural show. Wood chopping, chainsaw competitions, a cattle section and campdrafting. Popular exhibits will be on show in the Exhibition Hall and also, the popular poultry sections, for the children to enjoy. The Friday night Rodeo will have the crowd on their feet with all the excitement happening in the rodeo ring. Saturday will be the People's Family Fun Day from 8am right through until the fireworks at 7.30pm. A crowd favourite, the Demo Derby will be on Saturday afternoon followed by the fireworks spectacular. The main ring will come to life with families filling all vantage points for a view of the action once again. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Wingham Show in March 2016.
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.
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 Historical Society annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham to enjoy a Scottish Concert on Sunday, 22nd May. From Thursday 26th, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research); Friday 27th, a cooking school, poet's breakfast, bus tour, baking competition, nine hole golf tournament, social bowls; and on Saturday 28th May the main festival with markets and clan stalls, street parade, Highland games, grand Scottish ball; an on Sunday 29th: 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 is available for perusal and/or download from the website on the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival page.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Envirofair is an annual, local community event organised by the Manning Valley community radio station, 2BOB 104.7. Focusing primarily on the environment, events include guest speakers giving a range of talks on sustainable living ideas, sustainable living display stands, environmentally friendly markets, workshops, child friendly activities, and local bands. Fabulous food is always a major feature and this year will be no different, with plenty of scrumptious food available. Locally grown produce will also be available for purchase. If heavy rain is forecast for the day, an alternative wet weather date will be announced.
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.