Shepparton Festival concludes with Gin on the Lawn

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Longleat Wines in Murchison provided the perfect backdrop for yesterday’s Gin on the Lawn event.

The sold out Shepparton Festival event was once again a hit with visitors, with more than 150 people enjoying an afternoon of high quality gin and entertainment among the vine leaves.

Solo artists Tenielle McKenzie, Ainslie Wills and Benny Walker showcased their musical talent across the afternoon, which Shepparton Festival creative director Jamie Lea said was a huge drawcard for the event.

‘‘We have a quality line-up, I think it’s quite an affordable ticket for three exceptional acts and you don’t have to drive to see them,’’ she said.

Organised for the third year in a row, Gin on the Lawn changes venues each year and is known to be an afternoon of summer vibes, excellent music and delicious gin in beautiful surroundings that remain a secret until the day of the event.

The event marked the final day of the Shepparton Festival program, which had more than 60 events from March 15 to 31.

Shepparton Festival general manager Louise Tremper said this year’s program was one of the biggest to date across the past 23 years, with a variety of events organised to showcase the quality venues and talent from across the region.

‘‘I think the team are feeling really positive about how it’s all gone, it’s been a really big festival this year I think it’s been our biggest we’ve had,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve had over 60 events at various different venues around the region, there has been a bit of everything for everyone.’’

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Ms Lea said the festival would not have been possible without the generous support from a number of businesses in the community, giving a particular mention to Greater Shepparton City Council, La Trobe University and Creative Victoria.

‘‘Without our sponsors and supporters and without that continuous support, we would be nothing,’’ she said.

‘‘What we’re offering is quite unique and we’re also trying to facilitate the growth of local artists, we’re trying to open people’s minds, we’re trying to excite them about living in the Greater Shepparton area by being a very inclusive festival.’’

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