The Goulburn Valley's premier food and wine festival had plenty for the crowds.By Chalpat Sonti
The weather couldn’t have been any finer, the food and wine any tastier, the music louder or the horses faster — and so it was in Seymour at the weekend.
Thousands enjoyed the variety of entertainment on display in the town and surrounds — whether it was the Tastes of the Goulburn festival on Station St, Art Beyond the Divide at GoTafe, the model train exhibition and quilt fair on either side of Anzac Ave, or the Darley Seymour Cup on Sunday — there was just about something for everyone.
Art Beyond the Divide is dealt with in a separate story, but Tastes kicked off Saturday in fine style.
Having the width of Station St closed between Crawford and Henry Sts proved a real winner and allowed about 1500 festival goers to enjoy the day in a much more relaxed setting.
Though relaxing probably wasn’t the word when bluesman Jimi Hocking and the Blues Machine came on the main stage about 1
His set truly rocked Seymour — it could be heard in the surrounds of Chittick Park — and he had the crowd on their feet as the afternoon went on.
Even a power failure near the end of the concert about 4
Sunday’s Seymour Cup was held in even warmer weather — with the help of a cooling breeze — but the crowd was down about 500 on recent years, something that has afflicted many country cups meetings this spring.
However, the 3250 or so who were there got some musical entertainment of their own through The Voice finalist Cameron Tapp, had plenty of categories of fashions in the field to run their eyes over, and of course some top-class racing including one of country Victoria’s premier races.
Some of the crowd at Tastes of the Goulburn.
Virginia Jacobs introduces festivalgoers to Mitchelton's products.
This cheese stall was a popular place to be.
The Seymour and District Car Club was at it again, with a particularly popular display.
The City of Melbourne steam train comes to town.
Fat Chants warms up the morning crowd, here singing the Pogues Dirty Old Town.
The Melbourne festivalgoers who arrived via steam train get their first taste of Tastes.
Alice Solomon and Shane Barnbrook were among the hundreds of festivalgoers, estimated about 1500 at its peak by the Telegraph.
Garry Sutton enjoys the afternoon on Station St.
The crowds enjoyed glorious weather and a huge range of stalls at Tastes of the Goulburn.
Mckayla Prigg, 9, Amber Consiglio, 8, and Georgia Consiglio, 9, all of Seymour enjoy the balloon man's tricks.
Young Seymour band East of Eden entertains the crowd.
Doug Killeen was among those manning the Rotary Club of Seymour's sausage sizzle.
John Smith inspects this circuit at the model railway exhibition at the VRI hall - eventually the Maribyrnong River will "flow" through the middle.
This model of the old Nowa Nowa junction, largely worked on by Rob Carpenter, will eventually be exapnded to include Bairnsdale.
Leigh Vague might be more at home at the Tallarook rec reserve but he admits he got a taste of culture at the quilt fair at the Anglican hall...
This quilt by Karen Mundy of Seymour is called Noah and Friends.
This quilt is Little Macca's Farm by Melinda Parker of Seymour.
This quilt is Geisha Girls by Sharon Sidebottom of Avenel.
This quilt is Christmas tree by Margaret Hurren of Nagambie.
Enid Simpson of the Seymour spinners and weavers group was among those enjoying the quilt fair.
John Garcia explains the finer points of the Men's Shed's exhibition to Carol Tullett at the quilt fair.
Quilting legends Bill and Leonie West of Westalee fame were special guests at the quilt fair.
This stilt walker spent all day looking for her horse.
Jimi Hocking (left) and the Blues Machine start their set.
Just about anyone in Seymour could probably have heard Jimi Hocking on Saturday afternoon, and he certainly was in full voice...
Brooke and Amber Williams of Nagambie enjoy the painting as they wait for the next heritage steam train ride.
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