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Women makers take Centre stage in Murrumbateman this weekend

Molly McLaughlin

The Wine, Women and Song Festival celebrates a few of our favourite things.

Taking place across many of the region’s premier wineries (plus other local producers) from 10 to 13 May, the new event will become an annual festival aiming to draw attention to the amazing work of local women.

“It’s about showcasing women makers,” says David Faulks of Tallagandra Hill Winery. “We’re very proud of what we’ve got going on at Tallagandra Hill, and there are some really great things going on with female-owned and run wineries, and all the music and fresh produce stuff throughout the area.”

The Wine, Woman and Song festival comes hot on the heels of Tallagandra Hill’s recently-announced addition Bella’s Restaurant which will be run by chef and past My Kitchen Rules winner Bella Jakubiak. Bella will be catering Tallagandra Hill’s events during the festival weekend and officially opening the restaurant on 18 May.

Jess Green, who will performing as Pheno at the Earth Mother concert at Tallagandra Hill on Saturday night, jumped at the chance to be a part of a celebration of women’s achievements in wine and beyond.

“I work with a lot of talented women on a regular basis all around the country, so this concept is certainly something that interested me. The setting at the winery is a more peaceful, laid-back and intimate atmosphere which I’m really looking forward to.”

Jess, whose musical career was recently briefly interrupted by the birth of her daughter, is inspired by her daily experience of motherhood and by her fellow artists. She will be performing her most recent EP, Dragon Year, which she launched last year.

“I call my sound art-pop, I guess I try to define it as punchy, short songs but there is definitely a weird experimental edge to it. I’m a jazz guitarist by trade and a composer, so that influences a lot of my work, and there’s a kookiness to it that comes from background.”

The concert, which will be held inside the restaurant cellar door, will also feature Canberra-based, Japan-born electro-violinist, Natsuko Yonezawa, and folk blues act of Hatfitz and Cara.

As David explains, “We’re one of the few wineries in the region that only makes wine from our own vines, so the Earth Mother thing is very important to us. We’re trying to achieve a blend of wine, food, music and art across the whole weekend.”

With music performances, art installations, wine tasting and other events taking place at Eden Road Wines, Gallagher Wines, Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Winn’s Creek Meadery, Dionysus Winery, Four Winds Vineyard and Gundog Estate to name just a few, this is promising to be a big weekend in Murrumbateman.

Check out the full program here.

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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