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10 December, 2020

Freshwater's Friday Night Festival Launch

FRESHWATER comes to life this Friday with the launch of a new and exciting night-time festival.

By Nicole Gibson

The Freshwater Festival is a free family event which kicks off at 5.30pm in the Tennis Club Precinct, featuring a smorgasbord of local entertainment, food, attractions, arts and craft stalls and children’s activities.

Cairns foodies can delight in the tantalising eats of on offer from some the region’s yummiest mobile vendors.

The drool worthy offerings include East Coast Paella, Mojo Street Food, Richard’s Salt and Pepper and Tony’s Pizza with $5 tasting plates expected to be fan favourite.

There will also be a licensed bar and live music from the Bad Boys of Uke, raffles, a tennis competition and a visit from Santa Claus.

ABC Radio’s Bluey Forsyth will MC the unique event which is the first of its kind for the suburb and the brainchild of Freshwater Tennis Club’s Vice President Kane Brown.

Mr Brown said locals can expect a fantastic event with something for everyone to enjoy.

“This is our launch event which will be a Christmas celebration, a chance for the community to reconnect after what has been a bizarre year!”

“Come along and participate, fill your Xmas gift list and support our local community.”

Organisers have been working on the project since March however the Council backed event only got the go ahead recently after the relaxing of COVID restrictions.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’ve received so far and very grateful to our event partner, Cairns Regional Council and to our founding event sponsors for backing us.”

Cairns Regional Council Division 6 Councillor Kristy Vallely said the event was a coup for the suburb and surrounding areas which have had limited event offerings to date.

“We wanted to be able to give the opportunity to the community to have an event like that,” Councillor Vallely said.

“When people like that come up with ideas that are really innovative that are not just in the city, it’s nice to have events that are in the burbs.

“To have active suburbs is important to us at the Council.”

Plans are in place for Freshwater Festival to continue in March 2021, with regular events to be held on the first Friday of each month between March - December.

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