Queenscliff Music Festival 2012

Last weekend saw us driving a little further down the coast to a small town of Queenscliff, where tens of thousands of people were flocking over the weekend, for Queenscliff Music Festival 2012.

I love music festivals, but this one is especially nice because we’re practically locals.  We also got free tickets for this one because we volunteered to help with the pack up.

The festival is held over three days.  Friday night is just lovely as most people haven’t arrived just yet.

Emma Louise was definitely a high light, hailing from Cairns, Far North Queensland.  I’ve seen her play a few times now and I’m super excited for her  new album to be released early next year.

I thought it was so funny that the wine came pre-package, but I was a little sad for the environment.  The glasses were being recycled, however reusing would have been a better option.

J had to work on Saturday, so I headed over with my mum and dad.  It was also a day of catching up with long lost friends, and delicious food.

One of my go to festival meals is the feast plate from the Hare Krishna Food.  The delicious vegetarian curry, rice, delicious crispy kofta top in a rich tomato sauce and the most wonderful  dense, sweet semolina pudding, halva.

Mum, Dad and I shared the feast plate and some Vietnamese rice paper rolls for lunch.

Lisa Mitchell at only 21, has been through Australian Idol and reinvented herself.  She’s grown into a fantastic singer songwriter and recently released her second album.  It was so great to see her live.

Vue Street Bar was a must see location over the Queenscliff Music Festival weekend.  My lovely twitter friend Georgie is one of the chefs behind this menu.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet someone I’d only ever chatted to online.

Georgie came out for a moment to say hi and we thanked her for the delicious salmon pizza. IT WAS WONDERFUL!  The local pizza, a combination of local ingredients and a local Flying Brick Cider, it was an exciting early dinner.

Sunday, I was pretty happy that J was around, glad that we would get to enjoy the festival together.

First stop was a mini pre-lunch dim sim and dumpling snack.  They weren’t that great, straight from a packet, into the steamer.  I was expecting some home made goodness.

Have you ever seen these spiral potatoes?  I have seen them all over the place, and was in desperate need to try one, so at $5 a pop, I splurged.  It was delicious!  Like mini potato cakes (potato scallops), all the way down the stick and I topped it off with a mild chilli salt.  They were SO good, and I’m SO glad I had it, but I never need to have one again, SO. MUCH. OIL!

One of J’s must see’s of the weekend was Jamie Pye, he’s this incredibly talented young man, who plays guitar like no one I have ever seen.

I didn’t take this video, but he’s such a treat to watch I wanted to share with you guys.

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Because I’d love Vue Street Bar so much on Saturday, I convinced J that we needed to go back and check it out again Sunday.

Without fail my highlight of the festival was Missy Higgins.  When her first CD, Sound of White came out when I had just left school and was going through some major things (moving out of home, full time work, being responsible for groups of students at an outdoor education camp, etc) and I felt like she’d stuck her hand inside my head and my heart and taken the words from inside me.  I will forever hold a special place for her music.

It was a perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

Are you a music festival goer?  Do you like to see live music?


16 thoughts on “Queenscliff Music Festival 2012

  1. We must have finshed school in the same year, Missy’s album totally reminds me of that period too! Queenscliff is probably my favourite festival! I didn’t get a chance to go to Vue Street Bar but I feel like EVERYONE was talking about it!

    1. It was worth being talked about, Vue Street Bar. I can’t wait to go and taste the new full menu. It’s funny how music reminds you of certain things in your life.

    1. Oh yeah. Once I was looking for cafes to go to in Queenscliff, we found one that looked awesome, drove down there and realised that we’d be looking at one in Sydney. Before that I hadn’t known about Sydney Queenscliff. It was a great festival.

  2. oh my goodness all of that food looks so good!
    you’re pictures are awesome quality, what kind of camera do you use?

    annndd I love that wine!! but yes, bad for the environment..

    1. I have a Canon EOS1100D, I pretty much just use it on auto at the moment, but would love to learn more about using it manually. Thanks for the lovely compliment!

  3. Wow I’ve never seen pre-packaged wine like that before. It’s creative but I agree with you on the enviro side. I was really disappointed at our Food and Wine show recently to see some of the store-holders emptying wine bottles into the general waste. I didn’t spot a recycling bin the whole day!

    I think I’ll live vicariously through you with the potato eating. I just can’t bring myself to pay $5 for a potato!

    1. $5 for a potato was rough, but it was cheep in terms of festival food. We had recycling bins everywhere but it would be interesting to know just how many got used! What a shame about your food and wine show!

  4. Great piece. Well written. Did bring back lots of bits I’d forgotten. Thanks. X
    PS the food was brilliant, great crowd and brilliant artists, everywhere.

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