Music is Food to the Heart

Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.
— Julia Child

Felton Food Festival is thrilled to announce a fantastic line up of local musicians for the 2017 event.

Grab yourself some locally inspired lunch and head to the music tent for a relaxing atmosphere with the following talented musicians.

Brendon Walmsley

Multi-Golden Guitar winner Brendon Walmsley draws audiences into the world of his songs—perceptive stories about the joys and struggles of life, the importance of love and family, and the strength that comes through faith. On stage, he's a dynamic and compelling entertainer with a wonderful voice and the ability to take his songs to a whole new level.

Brendon’s debut single was the most played Australian country song of 1999 and in 2000 saw him collect the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year after nominations in an incredible 5 categories. Brendon's second album saw the release of several successful singles, including "Never Never" and "Adam" which both reached number 1 on the charts, as well as "Stay Where You Are" and the classic Rick Springfield hit "Speak To The Sky", which both reached the top 5.

Toowoomba-based Brendon joined forces with director and writer John Senczuk to create an original Australian 'country musical' set in Toowoomba Region, featuring his most popular hits (Rose and Rodeo, Bed of Roses, Last of the Big Gun Drovers, Still Falling and Stay Where You Are). Rose and Rodeo is a contemporary love story about resilience and the country spirit of determination.


Rubatuba is an accordion-tuba duo based on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. They have been performing together on- and off-stage for over four years at festivals, markets and special events in southeast Queensland. They perform a variety of music styles with their origins connected to dance, including Klesmer/Balkan, Gypsy, French, Italian, Celtic, Latin. Their music performance is lively and visual, and has been described as ‘happy music.’

Dana Hassall

Airy, earthy vocals and feel driven guitar - this artist's music is a cup of tea for the soul, with a shot of whiskey. Growing up on an alpaca farm in country Queensland gave Dana Hassall the perfect level of isolation to lock herself away and create. You can expect to hear a lot of life lessons, observations and the occasional love-gone-wrong story amongst her self-penned tunes.

Topp Gear

Topp Gear’s music could best be described as easy listening with a combination of 50’s/60’s, country, country rock and ballads. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready for a good time.

Good Fortunes

Take a step back to a simpler time with local barbershop quartet, Good Fortunes. Barbershop music is characterised as being four-part acapella harmony, in other words, four men singing with no other musical accompaniment. The four singers of Good Fortunes are long-time members of successful Toowoomba men’s chorus, High Altitude Harmony, and have a diverse repertoire from the Blues to the Beatles, and simply love to sing in that good old barbershop style.

For this and so much more, save the date - Felton Food Festival, 26th March, 2017.


Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.