From the first LGBTIQA+ festival to some exciting restaurant buzz and a big milestone for one of the Coast’s longest running events, read on for all the fun and fabulous things happening on the Coast this October…
The October long weekend is set to erupt with all the colours of the rainbow as the Coast gets its very first LGBTIQA+ Arts & Culture Festival.
Coastal Twist is a three-day festival taking place across the Peninsula including a cabaret and dance party at Woy Woy, photo exhibition at Ettalong, a fair and beach picnic at Umina, and recovery feast and film at Ocean Beach.
Organised by Central Coast Pride, the festival is all about celebrating diversity, championing LGBTIQA+ equality, visibility and inclusion, and soaking up some good vibes against some beautiful Coastie backdrops.
Events across Umina, Woy Woy and Ettalong: https://coastaltwist.org.au/whats-on/events/
One of many pop up ‘Twisted Experiences’ happening as part of the Coast’s landmark LGBTIQA+ festival, Bedazzled at Daze is an evening of live performances including local singer Turner, drag king Sexy Galexy and Valerie Hex, a performer, choreographer and producer of contemporary dance, drag, and cabaret.
It’s sure to dazzle, and will also be the ultimate pre party for anyone heading to the “Love Club” cabaret launch at Woy Woy.
Bedazzled at Daze
Friday October 4, 5pm-8pm
Margarita Daze, Ocean Beach
Free entry – bookings are recommended
The Lucky Bee at Hardys Bay is expanding the Hive next door to create a buzzy new space.
It’ll be the place to ‘bee’ this summer, offering a VIP area perfect for group bookings, banquets, special occasions and private parties (booked your Christmas party yet?), as well as more room for diners to tuck into the Bee’s beautiful buns and scrumptious soft shell crab on busy days.
Run by restaurant couple Rupert Noffs and Matty Bennett, the Lucky Bee has been spicing up the Coast with its flavourful Asian menu since relocating to the Coast from New York last year.
As the weather heats up, keep an eye out for a sizzling summer menu and new opening hours from November 1.
The Bee’s New Hive
Book online at www.theluckybee.com.au
The Springs has sprung into spring with a new menu making the most of in-season local produce.
With a focus on sustainable, organic, farm-to-plate food, the spring menu boasts beautiful dishes including chilled pea soup with parmesan panna cotta; miso glazed eggplant; sirloin with truffle and parmesan fries, and delicious desserts such as rhubarb and almond tart or orange marshmallow with lemon curd, blood orange jelly and mandarin granita.
Surrounded by pristine nature, it’s a lovely venue to visit with a bunch of friends or family and savour a lamb shoulder or slow cooked duck with sides of salt-baked beetroot and honey glazed carrots.
The menu is the brainchild of the venue’s head chef Dan Capper, who is helping to put Peats Ridge on the foodie map with his classy cuisine.
New Spring Menu
Available from Fridays to Sundays
The Springs, Peats Ridge
Book on 4373 1522
October is Mental Health Month and in a bid to encourage conversations and try and remove some of the stigma surrounding mental illness, Central Coast Council is taking part in The Lost Bird Found Project.
The initiative, which was founded by North Sydney Council, kicked off in recent months with Coasties getting together to hand craft beautiful little birds at community events.
During October, the birds will be hidden around the Coast, with each bird tagged with information about the project and mental health.
If you find one, it’s yours to treasure – and why not post it on social media (@lostbirdfoundproject #lostbirdfoundproject #centralcoastcouncil) to help spread the message that mental health matters.
Lost Bird Project
Around the Central Coast
If you’ve ever wondered how Ken Duncan makes his iconic landscape photos ‘pop’, he’s coming out from behind the lens to share 40-plus years of photography experience with a select group in a jam-packed one-day workshop on the Coast.
The photography 101 seminar will include insight into how to capture magical light, master composition, create images with a wow factor and what common mistakes to avoid.
Ken Duncan Gallery is also putting on a couple of seminars on Saturday October 12 to help Coasties learn more about protecting, managing and backing up their digital photos so they can be cherished forever.
Allow enough time to grab a coffee before the seminar or stay for lunch afterwards – the folks behind the Lotus Café in Wamberal have taken over the cafe at the Ken Duncan Gallery and are offering great coffee, breakfast, lunch and high tea in the stylish space, which is now called Kew Dining.
Ken Duncan Photography Workshop
Saturday October 5: 9am-5pm
Hope Central Church, West Gosford
Book one of the limited spots here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=535463&
Pack a picnic blanket and some supper snacks, Jasmine Greens kiosk is putting on a free family movie night in the park.
This month it’s How To Train Your Dragon with kids encouraged to dress as their favourite character to amp up the fun. The best dressed dragon will win a Jasmine Greens gift voucher.
The kiosk will be open and selling its usual line-up of scrumptious sweets and snacks (pork and fennel sausage roll anyone?).
While it’s a free event, gold coin donations are welcome to help fund future community events.
Free Movie Night
Saturday October 12: from 630-930pm (movie will screen once it’s dark)
Jasmine Greens, Umina
From scrumptious sweets to gorgeous greenery, Handmade on The Coast is a lovely monthly market offering crafty and creative Coasties the chance to sell their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Sunday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked, sourced or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to crocheted toys, honey to handcrafted jewellery plus gluten-free treats, abstract art, eco homewares and more.
Grab a cup of organic coffee, sit in the shade and enjoy the tunes from local buskers, all within a stone’s throw of Woy Woy’s sparkling waterfront.
Handmade on the Coast
Sunday October 13: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Pick up a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, take away a vegan donut (or three), try a reishi latte and cool down with some refreshing homemade lemonade.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday October 20: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
For ten years, the Avoca Markets has been one of the biggest and best monthly events on the Coast.
Brad and Bianca Cardis, the creative couple behind the markets, have managed to keep the market offering unique and interesting over the years, championing local talent and innovation while also leading the way in sustainability and eco practices.
The cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake on the fourth Sunday of every month.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
A live stage and busking hubs have been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes, who got their start singing at the markets.
Market regulars who have gone on to singing success including Fletcher Pilon, Joel Leggett, Molly Millington and young superstar Sam Jones (fresh off his School of Rock world tour), will be performing as part of the birthday celebrations.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday October 27: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach
There is nothing a smartphone can’t do these days and to really master the capabilities available in the palm of your hand, Central Coast creatives Treehouse are running an iPhone storytelling masterclass.
The intensive one-day course includes camera hacks, filming like a pro, how to hashtag, hunting down the best apps and some social media copywriting tips.
The masterclass is hosted by a master – award winning filmmaker Jason van Genderen – and is suited to marketers, publicists, designers, entrepreneurs or just anyone wanting to pimp their iPhone and pick up some skills that will boost any career.
Monday October 28
$750 (includes a $250 gadget kit which will change the way you creatively use your iPhone)