Wine and music flow at Gypsy Jazz Festival this long weekend

Hank Marvin (centre).
Hank Marvin (centre).

THE guitars will be strumming and the wine flowing at a Gypsy Jazz Festival at Waroona this long weekend.

Former Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin is among a top list of entertainers at the two-day event hosted by Jon Ring’s Citrus Marketing & Promotions and the Food & Wine Institute of WA at Drakesbrook Fine Wines.

Each day includes a gypsy-themed Django Festival Village with daytime entertainment and two evening gypsy jazz concerts.

The concerts start at 5.30pm and showcase an international line-up of world-renowned and national gypsy jazz artists including the Robin Nolan Trio, Perth’s Voudou ZAZOU, Nunzio Mondia and Gary Taylor.

Both days will be compered by Perth wine girl Mary John and Waroona’s gypsy-in-residence Cassi-Jo Davis.

The fun includes market stalls, pop-up markets, gypsy-themed stands, children’s fun events, kiosks as well as international and local food, wine and beverage stalls.

Mr Ring said Gypsy Jazz Festivals were found all over the world, including France, Brazil, the UK, Hong Kong, Nepal, Germany and Belgium.

“It’s now Australia’s turn to host this event as the world looks on,’’ he said.

Both days wind up with the concerts by the lake, lit by the sunset, lake lights and lanterns.

Tickets cost $55 a head for a full day with concert (including bus travel from Waroona oval) or $10 adults from noon to 5pm.

Accompanied children under 15 with parent or guardian can enter the village free between noon and 5pm. VIP tickets are available for $120 a head.