Experience the Village Vibe at the Coast’s only true village centre. Deb Caruso previews what’s on offer.
The Village at Peregian Beach is reminiscent of days gone by when community used to gather in the square to share the news of the day and trade, buy or sell life’s essentials.
Nowadays, the village square is a place where people of all ages, together with their four-legged friends, catch up over coffee or cocktails, take in a spot of shopping, indulge in wellness or seek professional services.
Thanks to savvy business owners that make up the Peregian Beach Business Association (PBBA), the Village Vibes Festival is back with a vengeance.
First held in 2019, just weeks after bushfires threatened the community, as an evolution of the Food & Fashion Fiesta, Village Vibes celebrates the diverse range of businesses and people that make up this thriving community.
The Village Vibes Easter Festival will offer the chance to experience the best The Village has to offer with a focus on art, food, culture and wellness.
From Slow Food and ethical fashion to street art, live music, wellness and a dedicated Feast and Forage program, there will be something for everyone.
Held over a two-week period, including Easter, Village Vibes 2021 will offer a full immersion to experience all the best bits of this beachy enclave.
Peregian Beach Hotel owner, PBBA commitee member and one of the event organisers, Kylie Plunkett says the Village Vibes Festival is a great chance to showcase to the community just what is on offer in The Village at Peregian Beach.
“Peregian Beach is the only place in the region to have a village square and we want to invite everyone to come and experience our warm and friendly vibe,” she says. “We are celebrating this unique and authentic village we call home.
“Just like the village on a regular day, the Village Vibes festival will have a strong family-friendly focus – and fur babies are always welcome.”
While the full details are being finalised, the key themes will be around celebrating all that is local with a focus on Indigenous culture and a sustainable ethos. ‘Forage’ will be a key theme inviting locals and visitors to look for what is unique and special about The Village – from hunting for homewares to a Fashion Walkabout or appreciating local art with Live Art Galleries.
Starting on Thursday 1 April with Village Flicks outdoor movie screening the Easter classic, Hop; Saturday 3 April will see the official launch of the Village Vibes Festival including a special Welcome to Country by Lyndon Davies. Vibes HQ will offer craft activities, storytelling and live performances. Food and drinks will dominate the program. Enjoy the ambience from one of many bars and restaurants.
From Wednesday 7 until Sunday 11 April expect more activities for the kids including bee keeping talks and planting activities; an Ocean Education with sandcastle competition, Scavenger Hunt Beach clean up, twilight shopping and live music in the park.
The final weekend from Wednesday 14 until Sunday 18 April will focus on wellness while continuing the theme of feasting and foraging with specially curated menu items, drink offers and takeaway picnics.
The Gala Closing Party on Saturday 17 April is not-to-be-missed with a Feast and Forage Enchanted Forests theme bringing together food, fashion, roving performers and live music, including popular DJ Niki Dé Saint. Tickets will be $80 and will sell fast so follow @thevillageperegianbeach or our @hellosunshinemag social media for more.
This is a relaxed, inclusive event perfect for anyone who wants to explore a taste of everything this great village has to offer. Put it in the diary: Village Vibes from Thursday 1 April to Saturday 17 April – or head down at any time to soak up the Village Vibe.