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Hampton, QLD, 4352

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The annual Hampton Festival is a celebration of local produce, gourmet industries and the Hampton district's creative culture.

Hampton Festival Program

Friday 18 may 2018

* 'FARMERS LA FEMME - A CELEBRATION OF HIGH COUNTRY PRODUCE'  DINNER - Emeraude Micro-region Eatery, Hampton. 6.30pm

CLICK HERE to book Farmers La Femme dinner tickets


Saturday 19 may 2018

* FOOD & ART WORKSHOPS - times vary (see workshop tab for details)

Eight exciting different workshops will be held on Saturday. Prior booking is required.  Workshops are:

  • Japanese Essential: Make your own Miso
  • Fermenting
  • Vietnamese Cooking class & Traditional Lunch (+bonus optional bush walk in the gorge)
  • Beer & Cheese Matching
  • 'Style That Table' floral art
  • 'Beautiful European-style hand held Bouquets'
  • Wild Weaving
  • Introduction to Aquaponics

CLICK HERE for workshop information and booking details

* 'A TASTE OF THE REGION' GOURMET LUNCH  at Reflections- Lake Cooby

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FREE ENTRY  and OPEN from 2.30pm to 5.00pm. 

The Hampton Art Exhibition preview and opening takes place at Chapman Park, Hampton.  Artists, guests and the general public are invited to join us as we celebrate the preview and light refreshments will be served.

The  USQ Artsworx Bursary, Hampton Art Exhibition Hangers prize and the Year 6 Student prize will all be announced at the opening.

CLICK HERE for Art Exhibition information

* 'GRAZED ON THE GROVE' GOURMET DINNER 6pm at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard

CLICK HERE for further information and bookings

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Saturday 19 May - Exhibition opening and preview 2.30pm - 5.00pm

Sunday 20 May    - Open all day as part of the HAMPTON FESTIVAL    9.30am - 4.00pm


Sunday 20 may 2018


* Entry-  $12 per person, children under 12 are free

* PRIORITY entry tickets -  $10 per person, children under 12 yrs are free. (Online bookings only) Priority fast lane entry and each booking goes in the draw to win a 2 night holiday for 2 people at Tweeters Country Getaway. (Terms & conditions apply - see bookings for details) 

Our 2018 event promises to be a brilliant day out for your family. There will be something on offer for everyone. Watch cooking demonstrations, taste superb, locally made food, wine and sample specialty craft beers , pick up some gourmet ingredients from the marketplace, watch our artists in residence create masterpieces or simply kick back in the shade of our majestic blue gums and enjoy the great live music and the unique atmosphere of our high country village. 

Priority entry bookings open soon.


               Beer  guru, Matt Kirkegaard

              Beer  guru, Matt Kirkegaard

* Cooking demonstrations

         Ash Martin, Executive Chef, Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale

        Ash Martin, Executive Chef, Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale

We are very excited to have Ash Martin, Executive Chef, Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale,  conducting the cooking demonstrations.  Ash’s paddock to plate philosophy and passion for regional produce is such a great fit with our Festival and our goal for celebrating all of the fabulous food fare in our region.

Sharing his passion for all things beer, the guru of beer, BeerMatt (Matt Kirkegaard) will give you an insight into beer appreciation both in the Chef's Marquee and at the beer tasting tent (outside the Chef's marquee) throughout the day.

* live music - music stage


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10.00 - 10.30am              Beer pouring - Matt Kirkegaard

Pouring a beer is one of the first things that most beer drinkers learn...and most of us are doing it wrong. From not properly cleaning our glass, to using the wrong type of glass to pouring the beer incorrectly, there are so many ways it can go wrong. Learn how to select a glass and clean it and how to pour a beer to impress.

10.45 - 11.30am                Ash Martin - cooking demonstration & local farmer talks

11.45 - 12.15pm               Beer Blind Tasting competition - Matt Kirkegaard

Do you have a friend who refuses to drink XXXX and will only drink VB and swear that they can tell the difference between their favourite beer and anything else? Do you prefer beer from glasses because you can taste the can in cans? Put your tastebuds to the test as BeerMatt takes you through a blind tasting competition to see who will be the best beer taster in the cooking tent!

12.30 - 1.15pm                   Ash Martin - cooking demonstration & local farmer talks

1.30 - 2.00pm                      Beer and flavour - Matt Kirkegaard

While beer was once all about volume and refreshment, the world of craft beer has opened our eyes - and our tastebuds - to a world of flavour. Join BeerMatt to discover some of the flavours of craft beer and learn that beer can smell like passionfruit and licorice or taste like chocolate and bacon. Don't believe us...come and see!

2.15 - 3.00pm                      Ash Martin - cooking demonstration & local farmer talks

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We have a fantastic line up of live music so find a seat, grab something yummy to eat and drink and enjoy the day! What a great way to spend a lovely Sunday with family and friends.

10.00 - 10.45am               Blues Excuse

11.00 - 11.45am               Hayley Calvert

12.00 - 12.45pm               The Hobsons

1.00 - 1.45pm                    Hailey Calvert

2.00 - 2.45pm                    The Hobsons

3.00 - 3.45pm                    Blues Excuse

Rubatuba will be roaming through the crowd playing in between all the live music sessions

Click here for more information about our live music acts


‘Kids in the Kitchen’ is a fun and interactive cooking session. Your children will love this opportunity to be a 'chef' and prepare a tasty & nutritious recipe that they will then get to enjoy eating.  Dressed in their own bright and colourful chef hat and apron they will really feel like a chef for the session! This is a free activity for children of all ages. Sessions are held throughout the day.  


The Hampton Festival provides an outlet for the work of both professional and up and coming visual, performance, vocal and craft artists.  Come along and see who won the USQ Artsworx Bursary for 2018 and the Hampton Art Exhibition Hangers prize.

The Hampton Art Exhibition is OPEN FROM 9.30AM TO 4.00PM  

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The exhibition continues to offer a wonderful opportunity for prominent and emerging artists living within a 50km radius of Hampton to present their work to an audience of thousands.

A new section will feature at the 2018 Exhibition with a section for Year 6 students from schools in the Hampton area. 

* artist in residence

Learn the tips and techniques from our four artists as they demonstrate their artistic pursuits at the festival from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Sunday.

  • Barbara Scott - Fluid Acrylics
  • Marie Kruger - Weaving
  • Julie Sweeney - Eco Printing on Natural Fibre
  • Margaret Shaw - Mosaics

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