ORGANISERS have doubled the number of food vendors to 12 for Friday’s Cork and Fork Festival after an “overwhelming” turnout at last week’s inaugural event.
An estimated 4000 people converged on Wagga Beach for the first installment of the four-week food festival – and this week organisers have promised “significant changes” to satisfy demand.
“We were overwhelmed by the the response from Wagga,” organiser Tim McMullen said. “It was an amazing, intensive time … some of the vendors were running back to their shops to make sure there was enough food.
“We’ve learned from that.”
Mr McMullen welcomed the attendance as a sign Wagga people “want to get back to the beach”.
The Borambola Winery producer is passionate about making the riverside precinct a Mecca for tourists and sees the twilight food festival as the first step.
Friday’s event kicks off at an earlier time of 5pm and will boast a host of new cuisines served up by Wagga restaurants.
One of the city’s most popular musicians, Jarryn Phegan, will headline the night’s entertainment.
And the aerobatic display will also return for the night.
The event is one of many on the Taste Riverina Festival calendar, which runs for the month of October.
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