Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Spring has sprung, RedFest has begun

Local strawberries feature heavily at Redfest

Local, farm-fresh strawberries feature heavily at RedFest: Emily Rogers

Redland City residents have welcomed in spring with a two-and-a-half day celebration of music, art, food and community at RedFest on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

RedFest – the Redland Spring Festival – entertained crowds with a line-up of hundreds of the world’s best performers from across the globe. 

Festival director Karen Williams said the RedFest program featured heaps of highlights.

“As far as Redlands goes, this is their only annual icon event … From the music side of things we’ve got Mental as Anything, Scared Weird Little Guys, Black Sorrows, The Drifters … hundreds of local performers,” Ms Williams said.

Lantern decorating in the Kidz Korner Art Tent

Lantern decorating in the Kidz Korner Art Tent: Emily Rogers

“From a community participation type of headline we have the Lantern Parade … We’ve got over a hundred young school children who’ve been making lanterns over the last six weeks,” she said.

There is also the strawberry eating competitions – a favourite with the kids.

“It’s always a highlight, especially for the young kids who aren’t allowed to gorge themselves at home,” Ms Williams said. 

Young Harry from Thornlands made his way through a sizeable plateful of strawberries on Saturday to take out his heat in the competition.

“I think I ate 10 strawberries in 60 seconds,” he said.

The strawberry eating competition always draws a crowd: Emily Rogers

The strawberry eating competition always draws a crowd: Emily Rogers

RedFest, or the Strawberry Festival as it was once referred, is built on the region’s rural foundations. It has been run for 51 years.

Redland Spring Festival Incorporated will share all profits from the event with local community groups.

The not-for-profit organisation was expecting more than 20,000 people to walk through the gates over the weekend.