The Folkie at Port Fairy

On Friday, Marita (our International Advisor) arranged for our clan of foreign travelers to once again board a limo and head out for local exploration. Our destination: The Port Fairy Folk Festival. Apparently it’s a yearly event that draws massive crowds to this relatively small local area. The event officially began Friday night, but, wanting to avoid most of the crazy traffic that the event draws, Marita decided to take us earlier in the morning and into the afternoon. We left from the bus stop at 10am, taking a rather scenic route, and arrived around 11am to explore the streets.

Welcome to the Folkie

Welcome to the Folkie

Sadly, many of the vendors and performers were not yet set up for their upcoming weekend performances. We were, however, able to catch one musician on the corner. He was his own one-man-band, playing didgeridoo, alto sax, and some instrument that looked rather clarinet-like but sounded like a flute.

Port Fairy Musician

Port Fairy Musician Playing the Didgeridoo

We spent some time wandering into the little shops on the main street. There were lots of little cute bakeries! They were quite plentiful in this area and proudly displayed a wide range of sweet and savory items. One in particular that Marita mentioned was Vanilla Slice. If you look in the picture below, it’s in the center of the photograph the yellow stuff with the pink icing on top. It’s basically a custard layered with wafers on top and then the pink icing. One if the girls in our group gave it a taste test and positive reviews.

Australian Desserts (including Vanilla Slice)

Australian Desserts (including Vanilla Slice)

More Aussie Pastries

More Aussie Pastries

Australia is also known for their meat pies, which are rumored to be delicious. As a vegetarian, I’ll never try one, but I snagged a photo to share with you all.

Meat Pies

Meat Pies

For lunch our group wandered down to a fish and chips shop close to a canal.

Port Fairy

Port Fairy

It was quite the busy little place with fresh seafood made to order.

Fish & Chips Anyone?

Fish & Chips Anyone?

Fresh Seafood

Fresh Seafood

Afterwards, we had an hour or so to wander around the shops on the main street. Thrift stores seemed to appear quite frequently here too. We didn’t see any more musicians. I guess that’s more of an event later in the weekend, but we still had a good time exploring the town. For the full event, musicians perform in tents and tickets are usually sold out in advance. They come at a cost though… about $230 if I remember correctly. I didn’t recognize any of the names of the performers either, but then again, most of them were Australian or from New Zealand. I’ll have to ask my Marine Biology teacher how she enjoyed the performances! I know she has tickets!

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