Knitting needles have been swapped for the smartphone, and the paintbrush for a stylus, while the gardening tools slowly rust in the handcrafting wasteland that is modern, digital society.
Okay, we are being a bit dramatic but the point is that apart from a devoted group of hip kids leading a nostalgic revival movement—one homemade jar of relish and ironically crocheted doily at a time—it’s a rare and enviable thing to come across someone who is awesome at making things.
Which is why, Cobb + Co Museum in Toowoomba, is now into its ninth year playing host to a festival that celebrates traditional skills, and the artisans and experts that use them.
Tapping into that very Australian trait of having a go, the Have A Go! Festival is on 21st and 22nd of February, and we think it makes a perfect road trip destination.
Packed with sessions, workshops and demonstrations covering a huge gamut of skills—millinery, blacksmithing, jewellery making, bee-keeping, leather crafting and silk painting are just the start—and this year, there is a delicious addition of a mini food festival on Saturday evening from 4pm–8pm.
‘Have A Taste! will feature a wide range of producers including Toowoomba ethical farm From Paddock to Potager, Hampton-based producers of delicious relishes, Apthorpe Farm, Stanthorpe’s Granite Belt Brewery, as well as locally produced honey, fermented foods, gelato and much more,’ Cobb + Co Museum Director Deborah Bailey said.
‘There is nowhere else in the country that you can experience the range and sheer number of traditional skills and crafts offered in one location, over one weekend,’ Deborah said.
Now all you have to do is pick from one of the more than 40 activities on offer, get booking into one of the 10 mini-workshops on offer, and pat yourself on the back for learning a new life skill!
Entry to the Have A Go! Festival is $10 per day (some workshops are an additional cost) and entry is free to Have A Taste! with gourmet food and drink available for purchase.
Visit Cobb & Co. Museum’s website for the full deets!
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