Lakes Festival organisers delighted with the event

Lakes Festival attendees

Budgewoi Festival made a triumphant return to Central Coast Council’s annual The Lakes Festival this year after a nine year hiatus.

The Lakes Festival ran from November 9 to18, with events held at seven key hubs across the Coast, including McKenzie’s Reserve, Budgewoi, Long Jetty Foreshore, Gosford Waterfront, Toukley, Norah Head, The Entrance and Picnic Point. A number of other activities also took place at Blue Haven and Tuggerah. Central Coast Council Section Manager, Place Activation, Ashlee Abbott, said the event was one of the best yet and this year a major highlight was the Budgewoi Festival, which was incredibly successful.

“The Budgewoi Festival was a great, family friendly day out for the community, with a number of local stalls and kids’ activities,” Abbott said. “There was a main stage out on the water, with, Reece Mastin, headlining, a second stage fi lled with local entertainment, a number of food stalls, stand up paddle, yoga, local community groups and roving entertainers which kept the crowds entertained.

“Other highlights of this year’s Lakes Festival included ARC and The Delta Riggs at The Entrance, on the new stage for Light Up The Lake, the Lakes Festival Scavenger Hunt and the amazing feast that was the ‘Foreshore Fiesta’, which wrapped up an amazing program of events. “Over 55,000 people were part of The Lakes Festival 2018 and we are delighted that the event generated over $8.7m for the Central Coast economy,” Abbott said.

Source: Media release, Nov 26 Central Coast Council Media

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