This family-friendly 3-day event is the biggest yet. Our program is dedicated to showcasing our unique community, from our farming and produce to our country spirit and creativity.
The fun starts Friday night with a Cocktail Party leading into Saturday's program of Farm Tours, art displays, the Coly Colour Run and of course, our infamous 50 Mile Meal.
The Main Street Festival on Sunday begins with a delicious Poet's Breakfast to get you prepared for a full day of activities including the Festival Trail, street stalls, entertainment and the Coly Cook off - just to name a few! Check out the full program below.
Our guest Artist, Linda MacAulay is one of Australia's best selling artists. Born in Wagga Wagga, her distinctive style captures the colours of our unique landscape.
Her watercolour and acrylic painting workshops inspire and encourage students from beginners to the more advanced to explore their full potential in a fun way.
You can also watch Linda and other artists at work with the collaborative art piece on Sunday during the Mainstreet Festival. WHEN: Saturday Oct 22 TIME: 9am - 3pm WHERE: Fusion Youth drop in centre, next to the Town Hall COST: $60 CONTACT: Trudi 0427 544 260 firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk around and enjoy the art exhibition including the entries and winners of our Taste Art Prize. Chat with the artists while they create or enjoy a Devonshire tea, on offer Saturday between 10-2pm.
Want to get more involved?If you're a budding artist, why not enter the Taste Art Prize and be in the running for some fabulous prizes. (TAP entry form and information further down page)
The Arts Precinct also includes indigenous dance and art workshops. See this page for more information.
Experience life on the farm! Travel by bus through the Coleambally Irrigation Area and learn about the diverse farming practices used in the region.
You'll discover our passion for growing high quality food in an environmentally sustainable manner using best practise management, conservation machinery and biological farming to ensure maximum plant health and nutrition.
The tour will include a visit to Wiseman's organic farm, our local Murrumbidgee Shire Demonstration farm, a large scale irrigation farm and an ethanol plant with morning tea at the historic Tubbo woolshed.
This tour will give you an overview of the diverse crops we grow, the water delivery system and the history of Coleambally Irrigation Area as the newest town in NSW developed specifically for producing food for the nation.
WHEN: Saturday Oct 22 TIME: 9:00am – 1.20 pm WHERE: DEPART Town Hall Carpark, Kingfisher Ave COST: $10 adult, $5 child. Under 10 years FREE! Proudly Sponsored by AgCAP
AGE EARLY BIRD FULL PRICE (til Oct 9) Children under 5 FREE FREE
5-15 years $15 $20
16 years & over $20 $25
Seniors (50+) $10 $15
Families (2 adults & $50 $60 2 children 5-15 years)
Groups of 6+ $15/pp ($5 discount) None
ALL ENTRANTS NEED TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM AND COMPLETE BEFORE RUN IN ADDITION TO PAYMENT.
Coly Colour Run
Purchase your tickets now for the inaugural Coly Colour Run!
Join us for 5kms of fun, excitement, action and colour as you walk, run or even skip your way around the town. Keep fit and healthy whilst enjoying the serene surroundings of pine trees and natural bushland at the gorgeous country town of Coleambally.
The run is open to anyone so why not grab a team together today! Download an information sheet here for more info
Features on the run include:
- Prizes for the best dressed, fastest, oldest and more! - Jumping castle for the kids - Coly Colour Run Merchandise available. - BBQ after. - Corporate sponsorship for event, still available
WHEN: Saturday Oct 22 TIME: 2pm WHERE: Town Hall, Kingfisher Ave COST: See left table
Purchase tickets online are now closed. Please purchase on the day
50 Mile Meal
What better way to show off the wealth of local produce and producers, than by exploring these ingredients at this sell-out event?
This beautiful five course degustation features food and beverages sourced within a 50 mile radius. Not only will you be tasting local delights but you'll also be help reduce food miles and promote sustainable dining.
FEATURES OF THE NIGHT:
Some of the growers will be there on the night to explain the love and hard work that goes into producing their product.
Music by Genevieve Chadwick. WHEN: Saturday Oct 22 TIME: 6.00pm for 6.30pm WHERE: Coleambally Community Club COST: $65 including beer| wine with meal BOOKINGS: Via the Coly Club, 02 69544170.
Festival-goers can start the day with a hearty BBQ breakfast and a belly full of laughs at the Bush Poets Breakfasts. With a fantastic line up of bush poets make sure you get your tickets.
Features of the morning include:
- OPEN MIC - emerging creative, perform in this casual environment and take the opportunity to share your story and creative delights.
- Recitals by special guest award-winning bush poet John Peel.
- Followed by the Indigenous Welcome Dance, cultural workshops, dance classes and a bush tucker expo.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 7:30am - 9am WHERE: Town Hall, Kingfisher Ave COST: FULL BREAKFAST $10 Pre-order or $12 at the door
FESTIVAL TRAIL Sunday, Oct 23, 9.00am - 1.00pm Followed by the Southern Cotton Food & Fibre Regatta 12.30pm and the Sunrice Coly Cook Off at 1.00pm McInnes Square
The main feature of the Festival will be an Interpretive Trail, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the Irrigation Farming narrative.
Guests will discover how modern irrigation techniques complement sustainable food production in the Riverina, encouraging them to associate locally grown commodities with the array of universally recognised brands they commonly purchase at the supermarket.
See the full list of events and workshops below.
Get your taste buds ready for this popular slice of foodie heaven!
Grab a bite to eat from one of the stalls, showcasing delicious local ingredients and tastes from around the globe.
Devour your treats while taking in the sounds from live entertainers, or pop along to a cooking demonstration by our Guest Foodie, Rodney Dunn!
Other Festival Trail Features include:
- Celebrity Chef cooking demos - Rodney Dunn - Captivating music and performances - Paddock to Plate Precinct - Food from available (from 9.00am to 1.00pm) - Markets and more!
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 1pm WHERE: Main street COST: FREE ENTRY
Guest Foodie - Rodney Dunn
We're very proud to announce our 2016 festival Guest Foodie, Rodney Dunn - a well known celebrity in the food industry and a former Coly local.
Rodney grew up on a farm in Coleambally before moving to Sydney where he worked under Tetsuya Wakuda at his esteemed restaurant,Tetsuya’s.
Rodney will be attending our Taste Coly 50 Mile Taste Meal on the Saturday night, while on Sunday, he will also be interacting with community, farmers and producers with cooking demonstrations and an appearance at the Sunrice Coly Cook Off.
The Festival Trail will showcase Rodney's delicious recipes using local products, ready for you to taste. So grab a seat at one of the two Cooking Sessions where you’ll learn about preparing seasonal produce, watch as two recipes are cooked and even get a taste the end results. Cooking demo times TBC
Taste Coly - Food and Farm Festival invites artists of the region to enter their original artwork in the Taste Art Prize 2016.
Let your creative mind run free, all mediums are welcome; paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and fabrics.
Artists entering the Taste Art Prize 2016 are to create an original artistic piece that interprets the theme “Flora, Fauna and Farming” in the local area. This art prize aims to showcase regional creative talent, discover new artists and support established artists in Rural Australia.
TASTE Art Main prize “Flora, Fauna and Farming - $500” by Western Riverina Arts.
Flora, Fauna and Farming - Main prize $500
Viewers’ Choice Award.
1. Photography $300 2. Painting (oil/acrylic/mixed media) $300 3. Works on paper (water colour/pastel/drawing/paper craft) $300 4. Other Media (sculpture/wood/ceramics/textile) $300
Visit the Pioneer Heritage Centre to discover the inspiring stories and facts about the establishment of our great Coleambally community. The Coleambally Irrigation Area (CIA) began in the 1950's with farmland being allocated through a ballot system. Each farm was approx 550 irrigatable acres and had to be cleared and farms established within 5 years. The first settlers began to arrive in about March 1960 and came from many different walks of life from both rural to urban areas. Many families lived in sheds, tents and caravans as they worked to establish their farms and were without electricity until 1955.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 12:30pm WHERE: Main street Festival Trail in front of Coleambally Irrigation Offices COST: FREE
Paddock to Plate Precinct
A unique feature area of the festival is the Paddock to Plate Precinct where people can talk directly with farmers and food processors to learn about sustainable farming practices and the food and fibre they grow under irrigation.
Hearing the about how our food is grown, nurtured, packed and delivered to our supermarket shelves, brings the connections back with farmers, processors and consumers.
There will be interactive displays with product samples, video presentations and more.
If you're interested in becoming a stallholder, register below.
Come along and visit the Natural Fibre Showcase to learn about wool, cotton, straw bale houses and other uses for the bi product of rice straw in the building industry.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 1pm WHERE: Main street Festival Trail Located at the Shire Office side of McInnes Square COST: FREE ENTRY
Stallholder Coordinator: Rachel Goudie M 0428 544452 E email@example.com
SHARED SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Codemo Farm Yard
Get up close and personal with many farm animals, take the opportunity to feed and pat these adorable creatures, this one is always a favourite with the children.
Check out some modern tractors and learn about the technology of modern day farmers.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 1pm WHERE: Main street Festival Trail Located at the front of Coleambally Irrigation in Brolga Place COST: FREE!
Proudly Sponsored by:
CICL Biodiversity Centre
Irrigators are getting smarter every year, not only are they saving water and increasing yields but they are also developing ways to better support biodiversity while producing food.
For example the Bitterns in Rice Project is working out how rice farmers can take the lead on conserving the endangered Australasian Bittern that breeds in rice crops.
Remnant patches of bush are being managed to promote native grasses and shrubs, which are important for many wildlife species.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 1pm WHERE: Main street Festival Trail Located at the front of Coleambally Irrigation in Brolga Place
Stallholder Coordinator: Rachel Goudie M 0428 544452 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Apex Watering Hole
The watering hole will be located in front of the Brolga Hotel and feature a variety of stalls showcasing the regions beverages.
Festival goers will have the opportunity to sample and purchase these brands from long established companies that have been going for decades to the new and emerging names in the market.
You can also sit, relax and listen to the Narrandera Jazz Band.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 9am - 4pm WHERE: In front of theBrolga Hotel , Kingfisher Ave COST: FREE ENTRY
BROLGA HOTEL MOTEL
Are you one of our budding salami makers? Do you think your recipe is better than your neighbours? Well, put it to the test and let us be the judge. Don't agree with the end result from our judges, then we will also have a people's choice award to make sure all taste buds are covered.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: TBC (late morning) WHERE: Brolga Hotel , Kingfisher Ave COST: $10
The Sunrice Coly Cook-Off is a popular event where contestants create, prepare and serve a main and dessert dish using at least one Sunrice ingredient; and one other ingredient produced in the local area.
There are three categories:
- Sub junior and junior who will have 60 minutes to prepare their dishes - Open category (16+ years) who will have 75 minutes,
Celebrity Guest Foodie, Rodney Dunn will be our expert judge and will award prizes in the relevant categories.
WHEN: Sunday Oct 23 TIME: 1pm-4pm WHERE: John McInnes Square