Jazz up winter at Queensland's 'quirkiest' festival
IT'S daunting to know where to even start writing about this year's Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Labelled "Queensland's quirkiest yarnbombing and jazz winter festival," it celebrates its 14th birthday this year, with visitor numbers totalling about 34,000 annually - not bad for a town of 13,500.
The 10-day event, which runs from July 20 to 30, has become such an all-encompassing celebration of everything Warwick that it now runs more than 100 events.
These cover everything from the expected craft - knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, and more - and music by artists too numerous to mention, to the unexpected, such as pottery and woodwork, a winter gardening expo, poets' breakfast, kombucha tea and vegan leather flowers morning, the town crier's history tours, murals, a suitcase rummage, steam train rides, the Killarney Fire Drums and Bonfire, and the RACQ Grand Historic Auto Display.
There's also wonderful gastronomical feasts to devour along with the entertainment at the Winter Dinner on Friday, July 21 and throughout the festival at local cafes, restaurants, hotels and clubs, and even a jazz lounge inside the town hall.
It all culminates in the Picnic in the Park and Warwick Potter's Winter Craft Market at Leslie Park from 8.30am on Sunday, July 30. Here, organisers encourage residents and guests to relax in the winter sun and enjoy jazz from some of the festival favourites.
While the two book-ending weekends are undoubtedly the busiest, for those who would rather avoid the crowds, there's plenty on offer midweek.
That includes what has become a unique favourite, the Hot Pots Soup Night and Mudtastic Meanderings Clay Art Exhibition Opening. Basically, this is your chance to purchase a pottery soup bowl, fill it with delicious homemade soup and enjoy a mulled wine while listening to the Blue Violets under the stars at Warwick Potters Gallery, Horsman Rd.
Or, the next day, from 7-8.30am enjoy the Meandering Jazz Breakfast hosted by the Groovy Grannies, again featuring The Blue Violets, and supporting St Andrew's Hospital Cancer Case Centre.
And of course, throughout it all, there's those wonderful 'yarnbombing' tree-jumpers, which first brought the festival to fame, available to be admired every day, or via a guided tour.
To find out more, go to www.jumpersandjazz.com.