Redcliffe Festival of Sails is back

Published 9:00am 22 March 2022

Redcliffe Festival of Sails is back
Words by Kylie Knight

Redcliffe Festival of Sails, one of the region’s biggest events, is making its return on Good Friday after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

It’s on from 9am-4pm on April 15 at Suttons Beach, offering a program that’s bigger than ever covering seven entertainment areas including a kids’ zone with dedicated children’s stage program, seafood lawn stage, multiple entertainment stages, beach zone, pop-up ice cream fair and market stalls.

After COVID forced the cancellation of the event two years in a row, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) CEO Shane Newcombe is thrilled one of the region’s largest events is returning.

“We are very excited to be able to deliver Redcliffe Festival of Sails once again,” Mr Newcombe says.

“Our region’s operators, vendors and performers have been hit hard over the past two years, and events such as Redcliffe Festival of Sails attract large crowds and bring a huge boost to the local economy.

“This year, we have added new entertainment zones, including more stages with live performances throughout the festival. We’ve activated every corner of the festival. You’ll be able to grab a bite to eat and sit down to enjoy live music whether you’re at the southern end, northern end or anywhere in between.”

Free entry

Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway says the best part of Redcliffe Festival of Sails is that it’s free to attend, and she’s encouraging everyone to come along on Good Friday to celebrate the Easter weekend at the biggest festival in greater Brisbane.

“The Moreton Bay Region has rallied following the recent floods and our community is ready, willing and waiting to provide a warm welcome to locals from across the region, and visitors alike,” Cr Shipway says.

“Council is proud to support the Redcliffe Festival of Sails as it provides a huge economic boost to our region, and it’s the perfect time to give our wonderful community and local businesses a well-deserved boost.

“Suttons Beach will also play host to beach games, activities, and an incredible sand sculpture built by award-winning artist Dennis Massoud.

“Don’t forget to cast your eyes to the horizon as the Suttons Beach foreshore offers a spectacular viewpoint as the 74th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race sails around the peninsula.

“Our VIP guest, the Easter bunny, will make a special appearance at Redcliffe Festival of Sails at 10am.

“And you’re guaranteed to find something to satisfy every sweet tooth in the family at the Pop-Up Ice Cream Festival which will feature a wide range of gourmet treats, soft serve ice cream and gelato.”

Bring your appetite. Redcliffe Festival of Sails will have multiple food courts - one each at the northern and southern ends of the festival precinct in addition to specialty zones for the Pop-up Ice Cream Festival and Seafood Lawn.

More than 100 market stalls will line Suttons Beach, featuring everything from clothing and homewares to pet treats and more.

Festival attendees are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses, operating from the Redcliffe Showgrounds and the Kippa-Ring train station. Parking near Suttons Beach will be limited.

To view the full festival program head to the website

Redcliffe Festival of Sails is proudly brought to you by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and supported by strategic partner Moreton Bay Regional Council.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, April 15

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe

Entry: Free

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