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2014 Deans Marsh Festival

One of our region’s best rural events is the Deans Marsh Festival that returns for 2014 to the Deans Marsh Recreation Reserve on Sunday the 23rd of March. This event celebrates the rich and diverse hinterland community featuring many local artists, crafts people, local producers and musicians.


Now in its 18th year the Deans Marsh Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the somewhat quirky town of Deans Marsh, where they enjoy a great day of live music, street performers, Otway food and wine and a unique artisans craft market full of interesting and unique products.

The event is a huge family day, full of fresh air, and plenty of rural fun for the young, Kids just love some many of the wonderful activities at the festival, including the fun woolly creatures workshops or bag decorating or even badge making. There will be a exciting treasure hunt, a giant maze, plenty of lawn games, plus all the fun of the fair like dress ups, face painting, jumping castle and boxology.

The Deans Marsh Festival is a treat for foodies, there is nothing better or fresher than our region’s produce. Be sure to visit the new local harvest tent showcasing cheese making, tempting chocolates, bush food cooking and even goat milking! The festival is a fantastic opportunity to taste the regions beer, that is regarded as some of the best in the country and who can forget the incredible winea nd amazing local produce.

For those with a competitive nature, come and try your luck in the Deans Marsh Gift, gumboot toss on the main arena or popular sheaf toss.

Those feeling a little nostalgic will love the displays of vintage modes of transport, fashion and farm machinery, the kids will just love the tractors and trucks.

A favorite of he fair is the annual dog jump and jack russell races are also back for another year, as are the working dog demos. This years new addition is the Top Dog Competition, including prizes for ‘most like owner’, ‘best trick’, ‘best golden oldie’ and top prize ‘2014 Marsh Top Dog’.


Bring your family & friends, enjoy the sunshine and colourful atmosphere, there is something for everyone. Deans Marsh is only 45 minutes from the centre of Geelong, taking the Moriac Cape Otway Road off the Princess Highway (Geelong Ring Road) just past Waurn Ponds on the road to Colac and then following the signs onto the Winchelsea Deans Marsh Road.

Entry to the festival is a gold coin donation.