Feast of food, music and art as Twilight
Fiesta brings Caboolture Town Square alive
We said we’d give you variety of food, music and art at the Caboolture Twilight Fiesta on Friday nights in the Town Square; something different to come out to and enjoy each week.
How are we doing?
After our smashing opening with the amazing female quartet Quatro and young busking groups, such as budding local band The Release, finding their musical feet at Michael Owen’s stage, our second Fiesta opened with the smooth sounds of rock and soul singer songwriter Yacob Fonoti wafting through the stalls. Sampling the street food was a world trip for Fiesta visitors, Thailand, Germany, England, Middle East, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Korea – and the Woongooroo Estate wine was the perfect accompaniment for many who chose to listen to the music from Phil’s enclosure.
Hawaiian dancing sisters Rebecca and Lauren known as Manava won the cuteness award.
And our Fiesta Light Trumpet, designed by Beerwah artist Julia Bell and built with help from the St Columban’s College ArtForce group, was erected and lit, symbolising the fun and spirit of the Fiesta in food, music and art.
Fiesta number 3 was one that fans are still talking about the rich and powerful sounds of The Twine, a family trio of mother, father and 12-year-old son filled the Square with their thumping yet melodic beat and had everyone on their feet.
Their cause was aided by the dazzling Dhamaka Bollywood dancers, who also showed the crowd some fancy hand and footwork in an energetic impromptu bolly tutorial.
Fiesta number 4 saw popular local singer/songwriter Maurice Hardy hold the stage. Maurice can rock or croon it for pop and country tastes from the hits of the 60s to the present and he is a thoughtful and sensitive writer, testified by his song “Turn Around Walk Away – One Punch Can Kill” which has been picked up by Qld Homicide Victims Support Group to promote their message. Expect to hear it when Maurice returns to the Fiesta on January 9.
And in the breaks came the Caboolture EzySquares dancers, showing off some mean footwork, and dispelling any notion they’re “square’’ as their caller Glenn, took them through their paces to tunes from Billy Joel, Roy Orbison and Elton John. Audiences were amazed to see the nimble 92-year-old dancer Vivian Vieritz, stepping it out with the best of them. She shrugs off any compliments saying she has been square dancing for 52 years.
Over on the Memorial stage, the 30-strong Elimbah State School band played their hearts out, under the proud gazes of their parents and admiring audience assembled on the concrete steps overlooking.
Mother Nature intervened for Fiesta number 5, and threat of storms kept many people away on December 5, the sixth Fiesta, but those who came were blown away by jazzy funk female duo Mettaphor. A little shower didn’t deter the wonderful young dancers from Footworks from dazzling the crowd. They reformed their sets in the covered colonnade area and delighted one and all. All eyes were on the cute five year olds.
The Caboolture Community Choir was also there captivating people who came through the Hub doors to visit the Art Gallery, with their fantastic harmonies wafting up from the Vault stage.
Kids activities: Each week, the talented and vivacious children’s party expert Asta offers free and paid activities at her marquee at the entrance to the Hub. Down at the other end of the colonnade, Haylee and her dad Tony, also offer quirky pedal-powered Merry go Round rides and a trackless train ride and check out their wonderful wooden yard toys , which are all Tony’s work. They also have an intriguing activity known as Rainbow Spin Art. Check it out.
And for Fiesta goers who notice the cute little red truck signed with FM101.5 logo, we are grateful to station manager, Craig Hewlett, who generously offered the Fiesta the use of the truck for carting goods to and from the Square each week.
101.5FM also runs an interview by Shane with us each week to get a Fiesta preview, the energetic Shane is also there each Friday night, snapping pictures and vox popping his heart out and 101.5 producer Joey compiled us a great music loop to play between the live acts.
True community spirit at work.
Remember, one of the under cover parking options for the Fiesta is the Caboolture Square Shopping Centre, across King St from the Town Square. You can reacquaint yourself with the centre that has shed the Caboolture Park label, now going by the name Caboolture Square – a nice synergy with the Town Square, where Caboolture Square/Charter Hall are principal sponsors of the Twilight Fiesta. With a new look, new shops, and new layout, there are new reasons to shop locally and conveniently this Christmas and take advantage of the features Caboolture Square offers, like customer assistance.
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Fiesta feedback: It’s all upbeat
“It’s just what we needed here in Caboolture.’’
“ I am so enjoying catching up with people I haven’t seen in years.’’
“It’s great to have somewhere to go Friday nights without making a trip to Brisbane.’’
“ I feel so proud and pleased to be part of Caboolture when I see this.’’
“Great food, music, wine and right on our doorstep. Hooray.’’
“ It’s about time we had what other places have been enjoying.’’
“ Perfect central position for all this get together.’’
“ The Square looks amazing. Great atmosphere.’’
Keeping Fiesta fun in focus
Photographer Filip Krygsman has done a superb job working around his stall commitments to capture the colour and spirit of the Twilight Fiesta.
Here are some more of the wonderful images he has produced to date:
How we welcomed sponsors
as they came to the party
July 31, 2014: Great news! We’re thrilled to be able to confirm Caboolture Square/Charter Hall as principal/presenting sponsors of the Caboolture Twilight Fiesta. Caboolture Square, for those not already aware, is the new name being rolled out with the redevelopment of the Caboolture Park Shopping Centre in King Street. What with the Fiesta being staged in our superb Town Square across the road, we couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect fit.
August 5, 2014: Two of Caboolture’s most respected healthcare providers – Caboolture Dental Group and Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – have demonstrated their commitment to the region’s wellbeing with timely support for our ambitious Twilight Fiesta project. We’re proud to add their names to our growing list of event sponsors.
August 14, 2014: A former ace tennis centre operator turned real estate hotshot has swung his weight behind the Caboolture Twilight Fiesta. Mark Cheney’s Burpengary-based Re/Max Ultimate franchise joins an impressive band of community-minded local businesses who have now committed to backing the Fiesta with serious sponsorship dollars. Great to have you on board!
August 21, 2014: The only bank servicing Caboolture from a King Street base has come to the party as a Twilight Fiesta sponsor. Which bank? The Commonwealth Bank, of course, and we’re delighted to have their support for the exciting Friday evening event we have planned for the Town Square, starting on October 17.
August 28, 2014: One of the most innovative property developers in the region has come on board to support the Caboolture Twilight Fiesta project. We’re delighted to confirm and acknowledge the Comiskey Group, developers of The Reserve estate on Pumicestone Road, Caboolture, as one of our major sponsors and look forward to a very fruitful association.
September 24: We’re delighted to confirm one of our region’s most dynamic business groups, Commerce Caboolture, as a major Twilight Fiesta sponsor. We sincerely thank CC for its timely show of faith and support as we close in on our Fiesta opening on Friday, October 17.
September 29: Another very timely boost for the Twilight Fiesta — with near neighbours to the Caboolture Town Square, Shine Lawyers, the latest sponsors to come on board. Our sincere thanks for helping us add polish to this Caboolture community event, which kicks off in just over a fortnight.
October 14: We’ve been remiss, during the frantic lead-up to our opening Twilight Fiesta on Friday, October 17, in not acknowledging the Caboolture Herald as our media partners. As former Courier-Mail journalists, we’re delighted to welcome aboard one of Quest Community Newspapers’ leading titles to help bring you all the Fiesta news.