Carnival atmosphere

Local musician Sam Hanson with students from Surfside Primary School in readiness for the big Fresh Food Fair. 160589

A CARNIVAL extravaganza will take over Surfside Primary School when it hosts the first ever twilight Fresh Food Fair on Friday 28 October from 3.15pm.
There is a live music, art and food focus to the carnival event, with the whole community encouraged to come along and enjoy the evening.
“We are bringing family-friendly party atmosphere to the event this year,” said principal Mark Huglin.
“We are looking forward to celebrating as the sun goes down.”
The main stage will host live music including The Rouse Band, Sam Hanson, as well as the Surfside Primary School Band and the Bellarine Secondary College School Band.
Pop-up food stalls showcasing local produce will feed the revellers, as well as coffee and milkshakes from Driftwood Cafe and a Little Creatures tent.
Beautiful art will add a whole new dimension. There will be an entire school collaborative art installation, a handmade shadow puppet theatre and performance as well as special guest artist Jane Kempe providing hands-on demonstrations.
And let’s not forget the good old-fashioned fun, including fair favourites such as a cake stall, lucky jars, showbags, sideshow games, white elephant stall and face painting and also the local Hire A Combi, Coastal Kombi and Mini Moke owners association of Victoria display.
The Fresh Food Fair is the school’s major fund-raising event for the year, with proceeds supporting their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
The school’s purpose-built commercial kitchen and award-winning garden give Surfside students the opportunity to gain hands-on cooking experience.
“Our Kitchen Garden program is part of who we are at Surfside Primary School,” Mr Huglin said.
“The students learn about cooking, healthy eating and gardening as well as teamwork, problem solving and creativity. It’s an integral part of the education experience at the school. The Fresh Food Fair is a spectacular celebration of our kitchen garden program, as well as a big fund-raising event to ensure we can continue it in 2017.”
The wider community is invited to attend the Fresh Food Fair, with Mr Huglin emphasising that the fair isn’t just for Surfside Primary School families, but for all to enjoy.
“We welcome the whole community to our event. I’m sure everyone will enjoy eating some delicious food, wandering around our garden, listening to music and soaking up the atmosphere. It’s going to be our biggest and best fair yet.”
The Fresh Food Fair is also going viral, with its own Facebook page and hashtag.
“People can log on and follow along as we update our social media with announcements and a few surprises,” Mr Huglin said.
What: Surfside Primary School Fresh Food Fair
Where: John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove
When: Friday 28 October 3.15pm to 7.30pm
More info: @surfsidefreshfoodfair, #surfsideFFF