Visitors flow into town for festival

Claire Brewer, Jessica Seviana and Abi Noyce at Saturday’s Tap Festival in Tumut.

Everything fell into place to make the Tumut River Tap Days festival a hit on Saturday.

Wet weather in the lead up had many believing it wouldn’t go ahead, but go ahead it did, with tremendous success.

The rain stopped just in time, and over 500 people turned up to Bila Park to enjoy the day.

The day was put on by Tumut River Brewing Co, and the brewery’s sales, marketing and events manager Michael Cichocki said he was “absolutely rapt”.

“It was such a good day,” he said.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better.”

About 500 tickets were sold online for the event, and many turned up and bought tickets at the gate.

“It was amazing for our first outdoor event. We had a mix of younger and older patrons (the ages ranged from 19 to 77). It was really spread out in that respect. It was a really good crowd; everyone just having a good time. Everyone had a big smile on their face; they were happy to be out and about.”

The event was good for business in Tumut, as it brought many people into town and pubs reported good patronage afterwards.

Mr Cichocki said all the musical acts were well received.

“It was a laid back line up, but the The Terrys got people up and dancing,” he said.

He said that feedback he has had since the event had been “really positive”.

“All the stallholders did really well,” he said.

“They all appreciated being at an outdoor event again.”

Mr Cichocki is grateful enough that the festival went ahead at all.

“I woke up at 5.30am (on Saturday) and it was still drizzling,” he said.  

“But the weather cleared up just in time and it dried up.”

Mr Cichocki praised MC Dane Simpson for his contribution to the positive vibe of the day.

About a quarter of the patrons were from Tumut and surrounds, the rest being visitors to the area.

“There were a lot of postcodes,” Mr Cichocki said.

“There were people from Wagga, Canberra, down the coast, Sydney and even a few from Victoria, who are now allowed in.”

Mr Cichocki thanks Snowy Valleys Council for letting the brewery use their land and helping facilitate and put together the festival.

“Everyone did great,” he said.

Naturally, the brewery will be planning a bigger and better festival next year.

“We are going to grow it; that’s the plan,” he said.

“Last year we had 120 at the brewery and this year we had over 500, so it will be bigger next year.”