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September 11, 2019 by Max Old

March

EAT Merimbula

8th March

10am – 2pm Fishpen

EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held on the foreshore of Fishpen Merimbula, overlooking pristine waters and working oyster leases.

The event features local chefs and restaurateurs gathering in a market style setting to create bespoke dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices capped at $8 per dish.

In 2019, local offerings included tempters like steamed pork bao buns, slow cooked brisket, craft beer & local wine, oyster harvested only metres away, Eden Mussel pies, 12 hr fermented artisan donuts and much much more…

The event will enter it’s eighth year in 2020, with growing demand from visitors seeing more and more vendors participating each year. A road closure will be in place this year providing a refreshed layout and more elbow-room for guests.

The event is free to enter.

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April

Four Winds Easter Festival

8-12th April

Inspirational days in the Four Winds beautiful Sound Shell. Anyone who has been to the Festival before knows that the Sound Shell is an incredibly special experience because you can enjoy performances given by fine musicians from around the world, in one of the most beautiful performance spaces in Australia. If you’ve not been before you will be incredibly welcome – and you will be among friends.

The music and setting are exceptional whilst the atmosphere is welcoming and informal. Relax with your family and friends, enjoy excellent local food – such as fine Wapengo Oysters or Tilba Cheese – wine and refreshments whilst mingling with the artists.

Doors open at 9am for both days and the music will conclude by 3.30pm

Ephemeral. A festival at Panboola Wetlands

11th April

Art and creativity will be at the heart of Panboola wetlands Saturday 11th April 2020. The Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project, in collaboration with the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, have organised Ephemeral – a one day festival – to celebrate the landscape of Panboola and the creativity it inspires.

The community is invited to come between 9am-2pm and wander the grounds of the wetlands and enjoy in-situ temporary sculptures, installations of art, craft demonstrations, acoustic music and stalls.

Book into the myriad of workshops on offer and try woodcarving, textile art and screenprinting.  Or settle in for a picnic with a pre-ordered grazing box from Sapphire Coast Eats.  Follow the link here for more information.

This project is supported by Create NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and South East Arts on behalf of the NSW Government.

September

Whale Watching Season

1st September- 30th November

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migration to Antarctica, often with their calves in tow.  If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list, why not make this year the one you do.  Book a whale watching boat tour or get out amongst the unspoilt wilderness and visit the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline.

The Eden Caravan Muster

12th- 19th September

The Eden Caravan Muster is an annual event held in Eden, on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.  In 2020, it will be held from the 12th – 19th September.

The town has put together a huge series of events to welcome all “musterers” and there’s 8 days of food, wine, entertainment and adventure on offer.

5 Caravan Parks are coming together to showcase Eden and the Sapphire Coast all week long with plenty of planned entertainment and activities, including tag along events with National Parks, an open air cinema and a dedicated Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo!

October

Sapphire Coast Week of Golf

17th – 25th October

The Week of Golf in October has been held for more than 35 years and is now an iconic amateur golfing event in Australia.

Held annually in the third week of October, the Week of Golf is widely regarded as one of the best tournaments for golfers. Visitors come from every state of Australia and several from overseas countries.

The event should be on every golfer’s calendar, with approximately 800 golfers playing a variety of competitions in a tremendously friendly, carnival atmosphere. The festivities include a 9 day tournament for both men and women, featuring the Men’s Annual Open Tournament played over 36 holes on the last weekend.

November

Eden Whale Festival

30th – 1st November

It’s an oceanic migration like no other, and Eden has been an important part of it for centuries.

Celebrate the Humpback Highway with sightings from sea and shore, performances, exhibitions and music, and feast on local produce while whales play in Twofold Bay.

Held in and around the port, the festival embraces our maritime and bush heritage and celebrates with a huge party and fireworks on the Saturday night.

It’s the most unique whale watching experience the nation has to offer, and one that Australian Geographic ranked number one for whale watching destinations in Australia in 2014.

The whales can be seen in large numbers in the town’s stunning Twofold Bay, whether you are in a boat or on shore with a picnic of local produce.

The Merimbula Classic

21st – 24th November

The Merimbula Classic is a SUP-Kite-Windsurf event like no other.   Its a 4 day celebration of wave sailing, SUP surfing and kite surfing in the wind and waves of The Sapphire Coast.  There’s no heats, no judging tent and certainly no coloured rashies. Just a long weekend of paddling, hanging out and having a good time.

Watch current and past world and Australian champions mix it with the locals on the beach and check out all the latest gear at Ford Oval, which lies just behind the dunes.

This year’s event will be the 39th, making it the longest event of its kind in the world.

Band Together Music Festival 

30th November

On November 30th the Bega Valley community will gather in Wolumla for Band Together 2019, a festival of music, food, family and community and a follow up to the inaugral concert that supported  families affected by the 2018 bushfire in Tathra and surrounds.

The 2019 line up will feature 20 artists across three stages including Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Bachelor Girl, Killing Heidi, Mental As Anything, Jack Biilmann, Melanie Horsnell, The Figmentz, Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons, as well as Arc Supergroup which features members of Powderfinger, Spiderbait, You Am I and Jet.

December

Australian Bowls Championships 2019

2nd – 5th December

The Australian Championships, one of the country’s premier bowling events, will again be held at Club Sapphire, Merimbula this December.  The tournament will run over four days, from December 2nd to 5th and will showcase some fabulous bowls action at this world class venue.

Why not stay on in town for a few days after the event and explore the bowling on offer, here on the Sapphire Coast.   From companionable beachside greens at Tathra to world class covered rinks at Merimbula, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

George Bass Marathon

29th December – 4th January

This is the longest, toughest surfboat race in the world!

Teams and single ski paddlers undergo a gruelling seven days on the open ocean, covering 190km’s of the coastline between Batemans Bay & Eden and contending with variable and wild surf conditions to launch and land their boats. They are elite athletes, skilled lifeguards and adventurers at heart.

The very first Bass was run in 1975 and was the brainchild of Bega Newspaper editor Curly Annabel who wanted to trace the journey of early explorer Surgeon Commander George Bass in 1797.

Surgeon Commander Bass with a crew of 6-navel oarsman rowed a longboat not unlike surf’s original double-ended clinker from Port Phillip down the NSW coast and around the southern end on Victoria mapping the coastline as they went. Annabel was at first thought mad and received no support, until then NSW State Secretary and Cronulla boat sweep, the legendary Nick Dixon, took up the cause and the rest, as they say, is history.

January

Tathra Wharf to Waves

 18th – 19th January

Each year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue waters from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach to celebrate Wharf to Waves.

The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes a 2km Beach Fun Run and a Bega to the Beach 30km Mountain Bike Ride.

The weekend culminates with volunteers, competitors, sponsors and friends sitting back on the deck while taking in the stunning vista of Tathra Beach.

There will be lots of rides and games to keep the children amused too!

Blue Water Classic

25th – 27th January

Head to the NSW Sapphire Coast for the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament over the long weekend in January. A NSW Game Fishing Sanctioned Tournament, competitors who sign up for the tournament will also be chasing other fish such as shark, kingfish and tuna, in the waters north or south of Bermagui.

With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there really is something for everyone. The prize list is extensive with various categories in the tag and release sections as well as the capture. Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellow fin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.