Horseman spectacular - Guy McLean with horse Dreaming of Abbey. Picture: Cody Fox
Horseman spectacular - Guy McLean with horse Dreaming of Abbey. Picture: Cody Fox

What’s on: Wide Bay

GATAKERS ARTSPACE EXHIBITION

MEET the artists and discover the inspiration behind their artworks. Enjoy a drink from the licensed bar and nibbles as you wander through the gallery's latest works.

Free entry. Dates are: Friday, February 14; March 6; April 3; May 1; and June 5. At the Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent Street, Maryborough. Email gatakersartspace@ frasercoast.qld.gov.au, phone 07 4190 5818 or go to ourfrasercoast.com.au/Gatakers.

 

THE SAPPHIRES

THE Sapphires is one of Australia's best-loved stories. This multiple award - winning musical play that inspired the film is coming to the Brolga Theatre stage for the first time.

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

It's on March 17 at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street, Maryborough, from 7.30-9.50pm. Email brolga@frasercoast.qld.gov .au, phone 07 4122 6060 or go to ourfrasercoast.com .au/Events/EventId/3179/e/the-sapphires. Tickets are $25 to $50.

 

GUY MCLEAN SPECTACULAR

THErescheduled Guy McLean Spectacular show will take place on April 18 from 4-8.30pm at the Seafront Oval. Renowned Australian horseman and entertainer Guy McLean is a rare combination of "young horse educator'' and "finished horse master'' Seafront Oval will be the main arena for the Guy McLean Spectacular, a family-friendly event. Guy is a proud Queenslander who has taken Australia to the world through his horsemanship, bush poetry and double-handed stock whip mastery to show what his country is about with his four Australian-bred horses.

Bring your own chair and enjoy the spectacular, which is known for being inspiring, educational and, above all, entertaining for both young and old and for both the horse enthusiast and the uninitiated alike.

All tickets purchased for the original January show will be honoured. For more information please email events@fcte.com.au. Tickets: adult $20, child $10, concession $15, family $50.

 

RELISH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

MARYBOROUGH'S heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the Relish Food and Wine Festival, a delicious feast of culture and cuisine serving up celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, music and art.

Join Queensland's premier wineries for a delightful tasting experience and sample the finest seasonal produce grown in the Fraser Coast's idyllic natural environment.

Indulge in food and beverage-matching sessions, listen to leading foodies as they share the fruits of their work, and learn from talented chefs who provide the unmistakable stamp of the region in every dish. Highlights include a ride on a historic steam engine through heritage-listed Queens Park.

Portside, Wharf Street, Maryborough, on June 6 from 10am to 5pm. Email events@fcte.com.au, go to relishfrasercoast.com.au or phone 1800 214 789. Tickets: $10 to $15.

 

MARKETS GUIDE

Peruse fresh produce, local arts and crafts, plants, home-made delights and clothing at these venues:

Bauple Markets: Fourth Saturday 7am-12pm, Band Hall, Bauple.

Burrum Heads Markets: Second Saturday, Burrum Heads Community Hall, Burrum Heads.

Howard Country Markets: First Saturday 7am-12pm, Steley Street, Howard.

Koala Markets: Second, fourth and fifth Sunday 6am-12pm, Kruger Court, Hervey Bay.

Marina Twilight Markets: Every Friday 2.30-7.30pm, Boat Harbour, Urangan, Hervey Bay.

Nikenbah Markets: First and third Sunday 6am-2pm, Nikenbah-Dundowran Road, Hervey Bay.

Poona Markets: Second Saturday 7am-2pm, Poona Community Hall, Poona.

Tiaro Markets: Second Saturday 7am-12pm, Community Hall, Tiaro.

Maryborough Heritage City Market: Thursdays 8am- 1.30pm, Adelaide and Ellena Streets.

Torquay Beachside Markets: Second and fourth Saturday 8am-2pm, Aquavue, Esplanade, Hervey Bay.