More than just a music festival, Fairgrounds creates a weekend of new tastes and discoveries. Fairgrounds is an adventure for the senses. Artisan food, boutique beverages, markets and music converge in a melting pot of awe-inspiring activities, together in one of Australia’s most breathtaking regions. There’s something for everyone at Fairgrounds!
Friday 6 December: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 7 December: 11.00am – 7.00pm
Make sure you welcome the first weekend of summer with a splash at the legendary Fairgrounds’ Pool.
Be sure to pack your cozzie when you drop into Fairgrounds. All are welcome and everything’s free, including swim toys, games and poolside loungers. There’s even a shady splash spot for our youngest festival goers.
Better still, there’s no queues. Select your free timed swim session ticket from our nearby Pool Kiosk and hand it over to our friendly pool people for entry. Our Kiosk will also take care of your valuables and offer you free sunblock. It’s also stacked with tempting fresh fruit, ice blocks and delicious home baked goods by the talented local bakers with all funds raised going to increase reading and play happiness at Berry Primary School.
Fairgrounds Pool. Come on in – the water’s lovely!
FOOD + DRINK
Our food team of award-winning South Coast chefs, bakers and providores have left no pantry door unopened in their quest to make sure Fairgrounds provides the best festival food. As a Fairgrounds food forager, you’ll feast on local dishes of deliciousness, including old favourites and new discoveries.
From local oysters and seafood with a glass of bubbly in our curated Garden Bar, to home-made shares of hummus, olives and breads, huge vats of paella flavoured for vegans and meat lovers, sizzling pans of gourmet sausages and slaws, corns and veggies from the grill, 48 hour roasted brisket, flavour-packed rotisserie chooks, ethically sourced fish and hand cut chips, Balinese magic, vegan delights, Fairgrounds exclusive ice cream flavours, home baked cakes and slices, kids’ grab and go meals oh and…and donuts…remember the donuts. Helped along with locally roasted coffee, fresh lemonade, cold pressed juices, craft beers and wine, and much more. A world of taste awaits at Fairgrounds.
PAPERBARK CAMP POP-UP RESTAURANT
LUNCH (walk-ins welcome)
Saturday 7 December: 12.30pm – 3.30pm, or until full
DINNER (bookings required)
Friday 6 December: 6.30pm
Saturday 7 December: 5.00pm and 6.30pm
The folks from Jervis Bay’s award-winning Paperbark Camp sure know how to bring food happiness to Fairgrounds and this year we are beyond chuffed to announce the tradition continues. This amazing restaurant is returning with a festival-ready curated 3 course dining experience. What’s more, by popular demand, for the first time, lunch has been added to the mix. Join the long table to feast on locally sourced meats, fish and veggies, fresh flatbreads and dips, spiced local berries, hand-made ice creams, and much more. Even better, meals include beer and wine. Lunch is a casual walk in, while dinner is booked, with sittings carefully timed so you catch all your favourite acts.
Paperbark happily caters for all food families and diets. The chefs have cheerfully curated a kids menu, for ages 12 and under. Alternatively, diners have priority pre-bookable child minding available close by on site. Make your reservation soon as this will fill up nicely, just like your tummy!
Book your table HERE
Need child minding whilst you dine? Book HERE
Saturday 7 December: 11:00am – 10:30pm
Whether you’re after a souvenir to mark a sublime day or just want to have a yarn with some local makers (literally or not!) Fairgrounds Markets is the place to be!
Curated by culture queens Dear Pluto and located under a beautiful leafy canopy of trees, our Market is an awesome space to chill and browse for everything from vintage swimmers, locally made jewellery, cat-eye sunnies, organic bug spray and fruity shift dresses sure to attract the attention of our headliner! Come and refresh with a chilled home-made lemonade or ice cream on the picnic-style benches.
We’ll even take care of any purchases for you at our Pool Kiosk so go ahead – shop and drop. In addition to all this, the Market is home to our Record Fair where you can crate dig to your content for vinyl gems and collectables.
Saturday 7 December: 11:00am – 10:30pm
Roll up! Roll up! Calling all dusty fingered crate diggers!
Come on in to our ever-popular Fairgrounds’ Record Fair to unearth some rare black gold from our carefully selected vendors of pre-loved vinyl.
For those of you after some fresh new sounds, our dear friends at Inertia Music make their triumphant return this year with their cool pop up record store to ensure you can bag some quality music from labels such as: XL, Soul Jazz, Ninja Tune, Light in the Attic, Elefant Traks, Warp, Partisan, Astral People Recordings, Mute, 4AD and Secretly Canadian. Yes that’s right Inertia will be showcasing their amazing catalog of cutting edge music on vinyl where you can grab wax from the likes of The National, King Gizzard, Tycho, Thom Yorke, Methyl Ethel, Floating Points, Bon Iver, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sampa The Great and Queens, to…er, gulp…name a few!
All this delectable musical goodness will be in the shade of the beautiful tree canopy in the middle of Fairgrounds artisan markets.
GAMES ON THE GREEN
Saturday 7 December
On your marks … get set … GO!!! And we’re off.
Back by popular demand, it’s Fairgrounds’ traditional Games on the Green, open to one and all. We invite you to come and join us in our busy schedule of fun on the main oval in front of an ever appreciative audience. Who can resist pitting themselves against the best of the best when highlights include elite level egg-and-spoon, three-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races plus lawn twister and a the popular family tug-of-war? Be sure to grab your friends and head on over for some serious sporting gold. Fairgrounds Games on The Green – keeping the good times flowing in Berry’s beautiful Showground on the first weekend of summer.
Stubby Holder Workshop
Saturday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Number one on any self respecting beer-enthusiast’s list of festival essentials isn’t your flap hat or zinc sunscreen (although, sun protection is important too, kids) but the trusty stubby holder! Give your refreshments the snug home they deserve and keep your cool drinks cool, even in that Summer sunshine. Over 18s only.
Free with Registration HERE
Wall Hanging Workshop
Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Whether you’re looking to make a song-themed pun to get the attention of your favourite festival artist or you simply feel like the galah you met on Berry’s main street this morning needs to be commemorated, we can’t think of a better way to honour your Fairgrounds Festival experience than to make a wall hanging to take home!
$20 – Limited Spots HERE
Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Wollongong-based initiative Your Plastic want to show you the real value of your ‘hard-to-recycle’ plastic by helping you transform your single-use nasties into objects you’ll appreciate for years to come. Drop by their stall on Saturday and let them help you DIY a bookmark, earrings, or anything else you can think of, using appliances you can find in your own home.