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Festival attracts return visitors to Rochester

A healthy turnout at the weekend, including numerous Melbourne visitors, showed the Moore Street Food, Wine and Music Festival's reputation is growing.

ELAINE COONEY April 29, 2014 3:20am

Rochester band Albian entertained the diners. Photo: Elaine Cooney

Diners and wine drinkers filled the chairs on Moore St on Sunday for the annual Food, Wine and Music Festival.

Local band Albian drew a large crowd of interested onlookers, friends and family.

Shamrock Hotel owner Ian Crouch said sales were up by 30 per cent due to the festival.

He said the music was first rate and Elmore solo artist Ella Spizzica’s performance was ‘‘outstanding’’.

Rochester Wine Tavern owner Mick Baker said he normally did not open Sunday nights but was busy all night serving pizza, platters and wine.

He said the festival was getting a good reputation and past visitors from Melbourne returned this year after an enjoyable time at last year’s festival.

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