Businesses have the chance to cash in on the popularity of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.
Businesses have the chance to cash in on the popularity of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

Saltwater Freshwater opportunities

COFFS Harbour might have missed out on hosting the Saltwater Freshwater Festival again but local providers can still take part.

A travelling roadshow is about to start aimed at attracting stallholders to the second festival, this time in Westport Park, Port Macquarie, on Australia Day.

“At the inaugural festival in Coffs Harbour this year, we had 32 Aboriginal stallholders. We reckon we could almost double that number for 2011,” festival director Alison Page said.

“It's all about tapping into our local Mid North Coast communities and showcasing the goods being produced all over the region by our mob”.

To do just this, Sharna St Leon, festival producer, and Fiona Webb, project officer, are hitting the road this month to unearth the potential money makers in the region.

The pair will be conducting information sessions in locations across the Mid North Coast for community members and organisations that are interested in setting up a stall at the festival.

“Stallholders have the potential to make some real money, and also the opportunity to showcase the craftsmanship and artistry of the Aboriginal communities of the Mid North Coast to a wide audience,” Ms St Leon said.

Next year, there will be a focus on culinary offerings with the hope of creating a food program for the festival.

“Twelve thousand people will need to eat, so if anyone has ever thought about selling food at markets or events – go for it,” added Ms Page.

Other than potential food vendors, artists and organisations looking to sell products are strongly encouraged to go along to the information sessions, as they will be a one-stop shop for details on all things concerning their stalls, from insurance options to advice on maximising profit.

Sessions will be held in Coffs Harbour at 10.30am on October 26 at the Local Aboriginal Land Council, Wongala Estate. At 1.30pm that day, a second session will be held at the Macksville Tennis Club, Walter Munro Place. The festival organisers also welcome any indigenous stallholders from outside the region. Contact either Sharna or Fiona on (02)66585995, or go to www.saltwaterfreshwater.com.au



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