Audience feedback from the Festival of Open Minds last year revolved around food. “You have fed my mind but what about my tummy?” was the sentiment expressed by many of the 350 people who attended.
Bega was unprepared for that many people at lunchtime. This year, side by side with building a fantastic program of speakers, we have been working on some easy quick lunch options for festival patrons.
Your ticket to the festival includes the Bega Civic Centre’s increasingly famous morning and afternoon tea, this year you can also add a lunch hamper to your day.
Prepared in the Civic Centre kitchen, your hamper includes a gorgeous filled baguette, fruit, a sweet treat and some award-winning cheese from Tilba Real Dairy. A gluten-free and vegetarian option is available.
You need to order and pay for your lunch hamper before the day via the Festival of Open Minds website. Lunch is an extra $20 on top of your ticket.
We are also talking to one or two local food trucks and a coffee van about joining us on the day to give you more options and spread the load of all those hungry souls.
One thing we weren’t so good at last year was notifying local cafes and eateries, something that was missed in the hugeness of organising the event.
We want the Festival of Open Minds to be cash injection into the local economy, especially coming out of the long cold winter. In 2019 we are working with the surrounding local cafes on quick tasty specials festival goers can grab before returning to the Civic Centre for the afternoon session. Cafe options and specials will be included in your program on the day.
The other option is to bring your own lunch, something many instinctively did last year. It’s cheap and tailored to your taste buds – and you can make the most of a springtime Littleton Gardens across the road.
Volunteer gardener Geoffrey Grigg has promised dry, luscious grass for a picnic lunch, whether you bring your own or order a lunch hamper from the Civic Centre.
Outside chairs and tables will also be available.
If you have already purchased your early bird entry ticket and want to add a lunch hamper simply head back to our ticketing portal and click on the green ‘tickets’ button on the right-hand side and scroll down to ‘add on lunch’.
Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea – in 2019 we feed your mind and body at the Festival of Open Minds.
Questions or ideas? Email – [email protected]
The theme for Open Minds in 2019 is ‘People With Oomph’ inspired by Bega Valley song man Damon Davis and his song of the same name.
“People with oomph – they’re not lyin down. People with oomph – spread the good life. People with oomph – keep their own style. People with oomph – walk mile after mile,” Damon sings.
The 2019 Festival of Open Minds line up so far includes:
- Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision;
- Nas Campanella, blind Triple J newsreader;
- Pastor Christie Buckingham, spiritual counselor to executed Bali 9 drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran;
- Aly Khalifa, founder of Oceanworks, focused on harvesting plastic waste from our oceans;
- Emma Booth, para-equestrian competitor, represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics;
- Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, comedian, joke writer, grew up in Tathra.
More announcements will be made in the coming weeks, stay in touch via the festival website.
Early bird tickets and lunch options are on sale now via Eventbrite.
Thank you to our Festival partners – Southern Phone, Julie Rutherford Real Estate at Bermagui, Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Bega Valley Library Service, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Tathra Beachhouse Apartments, Bega Valley Innovation Hub, North of Eden Gin, and Tilba Real Dairy.
Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.