Your weekend guide to the Illawarra

THIS WEEKEND’S PICK

FOOD AND WINE FAIR

Sunday

Free entry to the only festival of its kind in the Illawarra, held at the Towradgi Beach Hotel. Including guest speakers, goodie bags for those buying tasting vouchers, kids’ cooking classes and a focus on fresh local produce.

Browse gourmet and international food stalls together with a farmers market featuring fresh produce. Watch James Reeson from WIN TV’s Alive and Cooking do a live cooking demonstration. Features wineries and breweries from all around Australia. Free entry. Time: 11am-5pm.

EXHIBITIONS

OCHRE AND INK

All weekend

Includes Barrie Voorwinden’s photographs of ancient Aboriginal rock art (pictured). Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, corner Wentworth and Addison streets. Tuesday until Sunday. Time: 10am-5pm. Details: 0407062527.

TECH TALK

All weekend

The Nowra Museum displays technology from the past as we explore the evolution of personal image and sound equipment. From the Edison Wax Roll Dictaphone and the Box Brownie to the early mobile phones. Until March 31. Venue: corner Plunkett and Kinghorne streets, Nowra. Time: 1pm-4pm. Details: shoalhavenhistory.org.au.

ART IN THE PARK

Sunday

In Hindmarsh Park, Kiama, Art in the Park showcases works by local artists once a month. Artists will be working and answering questions. Viewings from 8.30am.

PERFORMANCE

ROCK MUSIC

Saturday

The Australian Clowns is a high-profile rock outfit that has been brought together with the very best Australia has to offer. Featuring guitar legend Kevin Borich and vocalist Vince Contarino, the band delivers a high-voltage night. Venue: Towradgi Beach Hotel. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: $23. Details: towradgibeachhotel.com.au.

CHAMBER MUSIC

Wednesday

The Kammer Philharmonie from Cologne, Germany, play a program of classical music at Christ Church Hall, Terralong Street, Kiama. Cost: adult $35, senior/pensioner $30, child/student $25. Time: 8pm. Details: Kiama Visitor Centre.

TRIPOD

Thursday

The musical comedy trio (pictured) want us to believe they have matured... then hilariously prove the opposite. Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Tickets: $44.90. Details: merrigong.com.au.

OUT & ABOUT

STOMPING THE GRAPES

All weekend

Get your feet sticky at the Stomping The Grapes Festival over the last three weekends in February at Crooked River Wines, Princes Highway, Gerringong. Stomping is $10 per person, with proceeds going to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Details online at: crookedriverwines.com.

ILLAWARRA LIGHT RAILWAY

Sunday

Take a train ride at the museum’s monthly open day at 48a Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Covered footwear to be worn.

OPERA

Sunday, February 17

Set in a vineyard in the historic Macarthur region, Trattoria La Vigna will host a night of opera featuring the voices of Tania Ferris, Michelle Buscemi, Samuel Dundas and Gaetano Bonfante. Venue: Camden Vineyard Restaurant, Trattoria La Vigna. Cost: $95 per head. Book at: trattorialavigna.com.

SPORT

GAME FISHING

All weekend

Last year the event attracted the largest number of entrants in the club’s history. Presentation of trophies will be on Sunday afternoon at the Cowrie Island Shellharbour boat ramp. Time: 5.30pm. Details: shellharbourgamefish ing.com.au.

JOHNNY WARREN CYCLE

Sunday

This 96-kilometre ride leaves from Waratah Park Loftus at 7.30am and ends at Jamberoo Pub. Entry: $60. Details: jamie@jamberoopub.com.au.

SHELLHARBOUR CITY FESTIVAL OF SPORT

March 2 and 3

The Dragon Boat Challenge at Skiway Park in Oak Flats kicks off on Saturday at 9am. There’s also the Shell Cove Walk or Run for Fun Charity Day on Sunday. The event is at Main Reserve, off Shell Cove Boulevard. Details: shellharbourcityfestiv alofsport.com.au or phone 42216169.

FOR THE DIARY

CARAVAN SHOW

February 22-25

A vast display of everything camping-related at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Adults $15/$11, children free. The event has over 190 exhibitors displaying everything you will ever need for caravan, camping, four-wheel-drives and fishing.

Free car parking. Easy access for disabled. Details: ruralscene.com.au.

SHOUT!

February 22-March 9

Show about Aussie rock legend Johnny O’Keefe. It’s the mid-’70s and Johnny O’Keefe is taking his new fiancee for one last look at The Sydney Stadium, the scene of so many of his triumphs. Venue: Roo Theatre, Shellharbour Village. Details: roo-theatre.com.au.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA

March 3

Roll up your sleeves for the cause then dig up treasure. Details: cleanup.org.au.

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