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20 April, 2021

Night under the gums

Who knew, that when you mention that Gilgandra’s going to host an evening of gourmet food, drink, and entertainment, that over half the population of Gil would turn up?

By Emily Middleton

Sarah Leete stealing the audience’s hearts with her country hits and classic humor.

With a pulled lamb and gravy roll in one hand, and a beverage from the Armatree Hotel, the banks of the Castlereagh River was pumping on the night of Saturday April 10 . There was over 1000 in attendance. People from all over came to Gilgandra to enjoy a night of local food and treats.

The team from Armatree Hotel - Kate Banks and Connor Whiteman with publicans Lib and Ash Walker.
Caitlin, Alex and Pumba James.

Musician Sarah Leete got the night started with some country classics and original tunes. Ms Leete was stoked to see so many people finally out and enjoying themselves.

Entertainer Sarah Leete with Gilgandra Shire Council’s Kathryn Larkin.
Over 1000 in attendance of Gilgandra’s A Night Under the Gums.

With pop up stands from local classics such as Armatree Hotel, Gilgandra CWA Evening Branch, Gilgandra Lions Club and Blue Sky Cheese Mendooran, the evening also brought in various other small businesses from around the region for locals to dabble in.

Deb Kiem and Amy Naef at the Blue Sky Cheese stall.
Terry Cotter, Michael Newstead and Allan Gibson from the Gilgandra Lions Club cooking up a storm.
At Gilgandra CWA Evening Branch’s stall were Brenda Yager, Julie Sawley, Madeline Foran, Helen Oates, Tionee Yager and Hilda Newstead.

Ending the night on a bang, Stewart Barton along with Mick Bond and Johnny Barbra had the audience singing along with them, as they took to the riverside stage.

Stewart Barton along with Mick Bond and Johnny Barbara from Brewn (thanks to Country Rocks).
Barrie and Lorraine Batten enjoying their night.

It was a successful end to a great night. Locals and travellers were all thrilled to be able to enjoy their own backyard again with good food and company.

Sharon Horan, Michelle Marchant and Narelle Rodway.
The team from Devils Hollow Brewery.

The free event was organised by Gilgandra Shire Council and supported by the NSW government’s Festival of Place - Summer Fund.

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