Halls Gap Journals

Grampians Jazz Festival

A February 2005 trip to Halls Gap by ggcahill

The Flying Emu Photo, Halls Gap, Australia More Photos
Quote: This was the 19th Grampians Jazz Festival, an opportunity to enjoy great jazz music in a beautiful Victorian country town.

Grampians Jazz Festival

Overview

Saturday began with a parade... Photo, Halls Gap, Australia
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A good mix of the old and young! Some of the younger bands showed great promise. The highlight is being able to sit and enjoy a coffee and cake or a meal, with live music as a backing.Quick Tips: Book early to get accommodation. Most places are booked out 12 months in advance, as this jazz festival attracts thousands from around Australia. Early-bird registration is cheaper.Best Way To Get Around: Walk. All the music venues are within walking distance, and parking is pretty difficult anyway. Find a parking space and leave your car there for the day! Halls Gap is a long way from Melbourne and is best done with a car, although there may be some public transport to Halls Gap (there were...Read More

Mountain Grand

Restaurant

Mountain Grand Photo, Halls Gap, Australia
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This was our lunch stop for Sunday. There was not as much variety in the foccacias, but the price was much cheaper, at $6 per foccaccia. They also had excellent coffee and a wider variety of lunch items, such as crumbed fish and chips and potato wedges. Service was prompt, and there were, of course, fine jazz musicians to accompany the meal. This festival venue also has "The Balconies" restaurant for fine dining. We were following the music and trying to eat lightly, so the downstairs bar and bistro suited us. The decor was more impressive than the Flying Emu, with solid redgum tables creating a rustic Australian atmosphere. The view beyond the windows was good and must have been spectacular fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

Mountain Grand
Town Centre
Halls Gap, Australia
5356-4232

The Flying Emu

Restaurant

The Flying Emu Photo, Halls Gap, Australia
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This was our lunch stop on Saturday. Choices were limited, but the foccacias were quite tasty, if a little on the expensive side at $9.50. Coffee was very good, but again, a little more than I am used to paying, at $3.30 per cup with a surcharge of 10% for weekends. The coffee was a variety I hadn't had before and was certainly fresh and tasty. I will be looking for this brand of coffee elsewhere. The food was tasty, and the location was convenient in terms of the jazz entertainment. It was okay for a light lunch. For something more substantial, there are other restaurants in the shopping area. This was not one of the venues for the live jazz, so we did not linger too long over the meal. The ser...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

The Flying Emu
Stoney Creek Stores
Halls Gap, Australia

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Saturday evening, we wanted two things in a dinner venue: fast service and a jazz band for entertainment. At Ralphy's, we had both. The food was average, the coffee good, and the service quick and efficient. They offered the usual family restaurant meals of steak or chicken (kiev, parmigiana, roast) with chips and salad. Chips were crisp. Salad was a simple garden salad. The band provided live music to make this an ideal meal location during the festival. It was listed as a casual venue, rather than an official venue, and was not a formally programmed session. These "casual blows" venues provided locations for bands between their formal gigs. If you are looking for reasonable food at a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Ralphy's Family Restaurant
Main Road
Halls Gap, Australia
5356-4348

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This is a smallish market, but with plenty of good local crafts. My wife found something to buy. I just looked around. Most of the items were geared more towards women: kitchen and household knick-knacks. Produce available included locally grown and processed olive oil (from nearby Dimboola) and local jams and preserves. Prices seemed a little high, perhaps to cash in on the music-goers taking a break from the jazz festival. I understand that this market is a regular occurrence. Some of the wood crafts were quite good, but then there is the problem of getting it home. That one was in the too-hard basket, so the wooden vegetable storers and coolgardie safes stayed put! Like all country ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2005

Halls Gap Primary School Sunday Market
Halls Gap Primary School
Halls Gap, Australia

Jazz Festival

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Story/Tip

the future of Jazz! Photo, Halls Gap, Australia
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This was the 19th Grampians Jazz Festival. Held from Friday, February 11, to Sunday, February 13, 2005, it brings together jazz musicians and those who appreciate jazz from around Australia. Many wore souvenirs from various other festivals, indicating that this was one of many that they visited. The music was all good (for those who appreciate jazz) and included musicians of all ages. The youngest I saw was a female vocalist, age 13. She was great! One hundred nineteen jazz groups were listed in the program, and there were other musicians floating around looking for a gig to join. There were eight official venues for programmed acts and five casual venues for floating musicians or for ...Read More