Wittafest is very different to other festivals
It’s free. It’s non-commercial. It’s authentic. It’s home-made. It’s creating history.
You will be part of the cast in a new annual gathering in Witta. Soak up the exhibition of local historical stories. Relax to live music. Treat yourself to home-made food and tasty boutique beers. Gently stroll through a guided tour – or two. Grow closer to the places and people of this historic community. Pose in historic costume for a family portrait.
This year we are discovering ‘Teutoburg to Witta’ – the first generation of the 20th Century 1900 up to 1929.
10:00 – 10:15 Wittafest opening
10:15 – 10:45 Kim Kirkman
10:45 – 11:05 Maleny Singers
11:05 – 11:30 Wright & McKay
11:30 – 12:00 Kim Kirkman
12:00 – 12:20 Maleny Singers
12:20 – 13:00 Strings & Keys
13:00 – 13:30 Races and speeches
13:30 – 14:00 Wright & McKay
14:00 – 14:30 Strings & Keys
14:30 – 15:00 Rubatuba
15:00 – 15:30 Kim Kirkman
15:30 – 16:30 Trevor & the Futurists
16.30 – 17.00 Mystery Guest
17:00 – 17:30 Prize giving and raffle draw
17:30 – 18:00 Wind down time
Music will be a key feature of the day, showcasing the depth and quality of our local Hinterland musical talent.
Highlights: Wright & McKay – traditional Scottish folk, Kim Kirkman – classical viola, harp & whistle, The Maleny Singers – traditional group singing, Rubatuba -accordion-tuba duo, Trevor Hart and the Futurists – trumpet lead early dixieland/jazz.
- ‘Teutoburg to Witta’ – find out what happened between 1900 and 1929, the First World War, a new name for the settlement, sporting achievements and much more besides…
- Teutoburg up to 1900 – find out about pioneer life here illustrated with historical photographs and telling local stories
- Maps and Surveying – inspect historical maps and plans of the area. Learn about how the land was surveyed. Locals can discover which pioneer family originally selected your property.
- Immigration in 19th Century Queensland – the Germans.
- Showcasing authentic automobiles and machinery from the era.
Walks and tours
Join a guide on a walking tour which will leave from the Recreation Club departure point
The Bergann Lane Revegetation Bushwalk at 10:30am and 2:00pm with Chad Oliver and Spencer Shaw
Cemetery guided tours leave at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm
Walks up to the Lutheran Church leave at 10:00am 11:00am 12.00pm 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Fun & Games
Test your skill, agility and speed in old fashioned games for the family such as sack races, marbles, knuckles, hop scotch and many more. 10:00am to sunset
Individuals and teams are welcome to register at the Games marquee on the day.
But remember, practice makes perfect! Practice available all day.
Races will take place between 1:00pm and 1:30pm
Photo booth – portraits in costume
Strike a pose for a 19th or early 20th Century portrait at our Steam Packet Photo Booth. Costumes provided.
A donation of $10 is requested for this experience. 10:00am to 5.30pm
Food & Beers
Come along and enjoy real home cooking and local food from the Club Kitchen.
Also real German ales and locally brewed Blonde beer made at Maleny’s craft brewery, Brouhaha
All on from 10:00am to sunset
Gold coin donation for parking
Portraits in period costume – a fund-raiser for Witta Rec.Club.
A raffle including many gorgeous prizes from our local businesses to support the Witta Rec. Club.