NightJar Festival, Torquay, Live & Uncut

NightJar Festival, TORQUAY – Live & Uncut

WHERE – Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive, TORQUAY

WHEN – Every Thursday in January 4pm–10pm

Twit twoo! Twit twoo! The Torquay NightJar Festival season is well up and running. And if you missed the first one, there’s always next Thursday, 12 January, and the following Thursday nights, 19 and 26 January.

That’s Torquay sorted. Now all that’s left is to check out the NightJar Festival in Geelong, Friday nights over February – Johnstone Park, Central Geelong.

This megatron of a gig is celebrating its seventh year, all hail to two local beauties and brains-trusts, Kyla and Lyndelle. Who would have thought the NightJar Festival would morph into one of the Surf Coast’s – possibly Victoria’s – biggest and best all-round hootenannies this side of Woodstock, without the chemicals and the rude bits.

The NightJar is where you’ll find the most original, innovative, interesting and gnarly art, design, clothing, jewellery, handmade everything from candles to truffles, sandals to soap melts – and food, glorious food. You WILL NOT go hungry here. If you’re up for it, there are 40-odd food vendors at the Surf Coast’s Torquay NightJar.

My Surf Coast Life & Crew taste tested The Love Mussel Portarlington mussels, French style – they do Thai style, too. Eat the Chicken vegetarian mini spring rolls with a Bangkok-spiced red cabbage salad – appropriately dressed – chocolate and salted caramel loukoumades and Devour Gourmet Truffles salted caramel popsicles.

On the beverage list was CO²Ade’s the Coldest Drink You’ll Ever Taste. Yep, that’s the claim to fame – and it was – lemony, icicle-cold minted lemonade. Did the double-up on this citrus delish under the clove and cardamon infused Maharaja’s Chai Tent. The sweet and pastry delicacies here are something else. Homemade Turkish delight was Grand Bazaar, Istanbul fantabulous at this beautiful little stop-over chai fest-and-feast oasis.

So much more not tried nor tasted. But not for want of trying. Yet you’ll find it all here – stallholders and entertainment – NightJar Festival.

On the stallholder front, be sure and stop by The Offspring Project. I’ve never met a real-life angel on the Surf Coast before. You’ll find two right here. Please take a moment to see who they are and what they do. A word of warning – you may need a hankie. Best Stall Ever – and Cause – Award goes to…Offspring.

Dale Rogers of Hunter Wood Creative has some truly beautiful pieces on show – his wood and leather creations are something straight out of The Treasure of Sierra Madre. You really can’t miss him, as there’s nothing quite like Dale’s work at the Torquay NightJar, nor anywhere, for that matter. There’s an urban cowboy, Albuqueque-New Mexico thing going on inside this teepee, and its all as sleek and as cool as a desert fox.

Steel Art of North Geelong showcase an outstanding gallery of sculptures, steel-etched artworks, light boxes, wall and garden art. Love the steel-cast Fender.

Fascinated by the exquisitely handcrafted Brookwood Cigar Box Guitars with the Ry Cooder twang. Never ever –anywhere – seen an axe like these boxy babies before. Some are made from railway sleepers, to boot. Favourite has to be the one in the slider with the Nugget shoe polish tin trim.

Cookie Moo eco-soy candles, melts and soaps are simply divine. Love.Heart.Home do it so well, too – and their presentation is just beautiful.

Devour chocolate truffles, ice-creams and popsicles were over-the-top top of the pops. Ice-cream is served in funky little pop-up thingies with cute cover-up lids. Devour chocolate truffles are worth more than a look. The Cosmopolitan Cocktail truffle is infused with cranberry juice and vodka in white ganache, a touch of orange and a twist of lime with a white chocolate and pink sugar finish. More? Go the Tart Lemon, Coconut, Italian Espresso, Passionfruit, Sesame, and Popping Candy dressed in rainbow sugar.

On tap you’ll find Rogue Wave Brewing beers – Salt, Moby and Cranky Missus of Aireys Pub fame – all served up in cheeky little NightJar take-home schooners.

Little Georgia, Slowly Slowly, Neda & Tumbarumba, and Vaudeville Smash were in tip-top form. And there’s a new line-up to mix it all up each and every Torquay Thursday. Nick Walsh’s Flatironed food van is a mighty match for the music lineup. Check Flatironed at the Torquay Farmers Market and Cowrie Foreshore Market in Torquay, too.

Still buzzing…counting the sleeps, and dreaming of more Surf Coast Torquay NightJar Festival juju…

PS – Thissy really cranks up from 6pm on. We arrived early at 4pm – because we’re just greedy.

  • Stephen seale
    Posted at 00:48h, 13 January Reply

    Very enjoyable night at the market. Lots to see, eat and do.
    Get there early!

  • Jen Pirnell
    Posted at 22:07h, 05 January Reply

    Sounds like something I should get along to. Thanks for the insights.

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