22 August 2007

Winter in the Capital - What's on this week

| Kramer
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Winter Night Markets

Commonwealth Place will come alive for three mid-winter evenings with stalls selling gourmet food and wines, local produce, arts, crafts and jewellery and live entertainment to warm the body and soul.

Thursday will feature Live music from leading jazz band the Mike Price Trio and freestyle music from local DJs.

Friday will see the ANU College of Science students bringing their own form of fun to the Winter Night Markets with liquid nitrogen ice-cream along with the opportunity for people to extract the DNA sequence from strawberries.

Saturday evening will incorporate the Winter Warming Wine Toast record attempt hosted by the ACT Urban Wine Trail.

These are just some of the fun activities that will be held over the three evenings – there are plenty of reasons to come down and enjoy the markets with more than 30 stalls beside the lake selling hot spiced cider, mulled wine and lots of delicious food and local produce including arts, crafts and jewellery. Visit the Winter in the Capital website to check out the list of stalls.

Where: Commonwealth Place, Parkes.
When: 5:30pm to 9:30pm Thursday Saturday, 23-25 August
Cost: Free

Winter Carillon Recitals and Tours

Don’t miss the special National Carillon winter recitals on Wednesdays and Sunday throughout August.
On Saturdays you can take a tour of the National Carillon and explore the amazing 50 metre tower housing 55 bronze bells.

Recitals: Wednesday and Sundays at 12.30
Tours: Every Saturday from 7 July to 25 August, bookings essential on 6257 1068
Where: National Carillon, Aspen Island
How much?: Recitals are free. Tours cost $8 for Adults, $4 Concessions, and $20 for Families, Bookings Essential on 02 6257 1068.

Full for details on the Winter in the Capital Festival visit: www.winterinthecapital.gov.au

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Extremely disapointing.. All in all I wouldn’t bother!!

For an event that they spent so much money advertising – perhaps they should of subsidised some funds into getting more market stalls out there. The $350 price tag scared the majority away. Only fairly expensive stalls out there.

I would advise not to drink too much mulled wine as the toilets are miles away – and prepare to queue up for a good half hour to get some food.

I was really impressed by the guys from Divine Glass.. they always have awesome glasswhere and even offer classes.

Again I think had they not charged so much to the stall holders perhaps there would be more than about 15m worth of stalls to browse through. Wasn’t even worth the drive out there.

So come on guys – pull your finger out Canberra needs a good market!! Night markets seem like a good idea, but seriously ask some of the stall holders how to run something and you might actually impress people who go out there.

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