Sandgate’s premier event will come to life on Sunday, 31st July when the annual Einbunpin Festival will put a spotlight on our “Bay of Sunshine”.
Now in its 24th year, the festival is a celebration about everything that makes Sandgate special.
Deagon Ward Councillor Jared Cassidy has attended the festival since he was a young child, has worked as a volunteer with the festival for the past 10 years and is now the 2016 festival chairman.
“I remember the Einbunpin Festival as a great day out with friends and when I was attending Shorncliffe State School, the Festival was always marked in our school calendar - it was almost like a local Ekka for us,” he says.
“As I got older I started appreciating the sense of community it has, which is what’s very special about it now.
“Something that hasn’t diminished is the interest the Bunpin gets from children – I remember giving the Bunpin a high five as a youngster – now they get selfies.”
Cr Cassidy says this year’s festival will build on the success and format of the previous years, with over 150 stalls ranging from local schools, community groups, service organisations, sports groups and local businesses.
There will be more than 50 acts spread across three stage areas, with a focus on young and up and coming artists.
“People can expect to have a full day of activity with the festival,” he says.
“They can get some great products and food from local groups, watch some fantastic acts and listen to fantastic local musicians and participate in some fun activities with the kids.
Cr Cassidy says The Einbunpin Festival was originally set up as a way for the community to come together once a year and celebrate.
“Nothing has changed in 25 years for that reason – it’s our opportunity to shine,” he says.
“If anyone is wondering what our community is about, they will see it on full show on July 31.”
SUNDAY 31st JULY 8.30am - 4pm
For more information on the Einbunpin Festival or for the festival program visit einbunpinfestival.org.au