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Hayley Wilson

It was a long and winding road that brought Hayley Wilson to the release of her debut record. The genesis of her sublime songbook, Further Than Forever, can be traced back to guitar lessons from her brother at age 11. The Mt Isa native would dedicate the ensuing years to mastering her voice, guitar and piano, marching ever forward towards the creation of a debut release.
There was an EP planned for 2013, but forces beyond Wilson’s control prevented the release. The burgeoning songwriter soon bunkered down with late, great Australian country luminary Karl Broadie, whose guidance can be heard on a many number of classic recordings.
“I was only 19 when I recorded the EP in 2013 and it was an amazing opportunity but unfortunately at the time of it’s completion I was going through a tough time, grew up a little bit and realised that the sound no longer represented me and what I wanted to say,” Wilson explains. “It took a little bit of time to figure out what my new direction was going to be but I know I made the right decision and that this album represents exactly who I am at this point in my life.”
They say everything happens for a reason and Wilson’s decision to deliver Further Than Forever as her opening musical statement has proved the right one. These 10 songs, which feature Aleyce Simmonds and Luke O’Shea amongst their collaborators, are laced with gorgeous arrangements and instrumentation.
“I feel very relieved to be finally releasing my debut album, it has been about two years in the making and there have been many obstacles along the way so I am proud to have it completed,” the sweet-voiced songwriter says. “However I also feel quite nervous now because so much has gone into this album, so many great people have been a part of creating it and I just want it to do well.”
The album is a document of lessons learned about life and love, and announces the arrival of an artist with a timeless approach to country music. Broadie mentored Wilson right up until his untimely passing in April 2016. Accomplished producer Glen Hannah saw the album through to completion.
“Karl has been one of my greatest mentors and influences,” Wilson says. “He taught me so much more than just songwriting, he always inspired me to do and be more. Karl has taught me to trust in myself, trust in my own unique songwriting process and that quality is better than quantity when it comes to writing songs that open up your heart and make people feel something.”
Further Than Forever is a sublime collection of songs, some effortlessly melodic and upbeat while others, like the lilting ballad ‘Stay Where You Are’ and closer, ‘Somnus’, are impossibly beautiful. Wilson’s resilience to the slings and arrows of womanhood is front and centre, wrapped in a pure voice that’s honey to the ears.
“I would have to say that ‘Further Than Forever’ and ‘Somnus’ are my two favourite songs on the album,” Wilson reveals. “‘Further Than Forever’ was my first co-write with Karl and now it has an eerie double meaning. Once we wrote that song, I knew exactly the kind of music I wanted to make and we started to build the album around it. ‘Somnus’ was the first song I had written since Karl passed away and it was another song of healing for me. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to write again without him there to guide me. I am very proud of both of those songs.”
One gets the sense that Broadie would be proud too. And, while the road may always wind, it’s apparent that Wilson has found a way into the future and, perhaps, to make up for lost time. As the young songwriter coos in ‘On & On’: “It’s better to be rolling on than staring at the sky, letting the days get away and life pass you by…”

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    The Cupcake Girls

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Daizi Mai

Jenny Walk

About Daizi Mai

Relaxed, casual, boho and hippie-style vibes greet you at Daizi Mai.

A great variety of clothing, accessories, shoes and one-off pieces to refresh or update your wardrobe.

What they sell?

Accessories, macrame hangers, clothing for both women and men.

Local?

Jenny is a Bundaberg local, all the clothing is sourced from a variety of sources here and overseas.

Where can you find them?

At RiverFeast every Friday and Sunday session and at various markets throughout Bundaberg and North Burnett Region. Best to check their Facebook page.

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Hit N Run

Kyllie Newey

About Hit N Run

Hit N Run is our onsite courtyard cafe. Open 6 days a week they are a proud family run business that serves award winning Queensland coffee. They have a large variety of yummy foods including sushi, pies, wraps, salads and a bunch of different sweets. They offer a wide range of  mouth watering hot and cold drinks, as well as ice cold gluten free ice creams. All brought to you by friendly, dedicated, trained baristas.

They’re open from 7am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday.

What they sell?

A delicious range of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, chai, ice coffee & chocolate, frappes, cold drinks, gluten free biscuits and ice creams.

As well as sushi, pies, wraps, salads and a bunch of different sweets

Local?

Yes Hit N Run is a local business that sells only the finest Queensland coffee.

Where can you find them?

Hit N Run are located in the courtyard off Scotland St. Look for the signs.

Available for catering or private functions?

Yes! Hit N Run also operate out of a fully mobile barista trailer that they would love to bring to your next event or function. Don’t hesitate to give them a call.

  • 0422 428 798

Meleika Designs

Karen Solomon

About Meleika Designs

Quality handmade leather footwear, bags and accessories designed and created for stylish casual wear.

With Australia’s beautiful summer tropical lifestyle, quality leather footwear is an essential purchase to compliment any outfit.

Selections of shoes consist of unique flat leather sandals and gorgeous wedges, available in a range of colours.

Add some excitement with quality designer leather bags, wallets, clutches and accessories.

Meleika Designs are about creating and designing a limited range of unique and stylish individual pieces. New designs being created all the time to keep your wardrobe fresh and exciting.

What do they sell?

Flat leather sandals, leather wedges, bags, clutches and wallets.

Local?

Australian-designed and made overseas.

Where will you find them?

At all RiverFeast events, but also other major events and festivals and online 24/7.

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The Cupcake Girls

Kristy Roberts

About The Cupcake Girls

The Cupcake Girls was started by Kristy and Jess, two mums who love to bake! After holding a cupcake fundraiser for their mother’s group they were swamped with requests for Birthday cakes and cupcakes for functions,  and so The Cupcake Girls was born! Jess has since moved to Melbourne and is in the process of starting The Cupcake Girls Melbourne, so Bundaberg is now run solely by Kristy.

What they sell?

The Cupcake Girls specialise in semi-naked cakes with fresh flowers for weddings, engagements and birthdays and in delicious cupcakes for all ages. They provide gluten free cupcakes at each market and can do dairy free on request.

Local?

The Cupcake Girls love using local produce. They get their limes from Bundy Limes, Strawberries from Tinaberries and their Macadamia nuts from Macadamias Australia.

Where can you find them?

The Cupcake Girls are often at RiverFeast. Check the events page to see which upcoming events they will be at.

Available for catering or private functions?

Yes The Cupcake Girls are available to cater functions, but they book out fast, so make sure you get in touch nice and early.

  • 0402 517 184

The Loaded Spud

Colin & Ashlee Kinnest

About The Loaded Spud

Baked potatoes loaded with delicious fillers and then layered with bacon, cheese, sour cream and shallots. Find us at RiverFeast Bundy every Friday night!

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
What they sell?

Loaded baked potatoes and sweet potatoes – different fillings such as mexican, beans, bacon, sour cream, cheese, garlic butter and more

Where you will find them?

Exclusively at RiverFeast every Friday night and monthly Sunday Sessions also.

Special Dietary Options

Vegetarian options are available.

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Tropical Sno Shaved Ice

Jennifer Portelli

About Tropical Sno Shaved Ice

Tropical Sno Shaved Ice is all about soft and fluffy snow cones with real fruit gourmet flavours! Jennifer Portelli recently started Tropical Sno Shaved Ice as she is passionate about the quality products she has to offer.  With Tropical Sno the shaved ice is super fluffy and absorbs the delicious flavours so well.  The syrups are crafted from high quality real juice flavours, not cordials.
What they sell?

Snow Cones that taste like real fruit not cordials.  With a huge range of flavour choices, there is something for everyone: Mango, orange, watermelon, lemon, tutti frutti, guava, bubble gum, tiger’s blood, coconut, passionfruit, pina colada, daiquiri, margarita, peaches n cream, green apple, cherry, raspberry.

Local?

Yes! Tropical Sno Shaved Ice is a locally owned and operated business,

Where can you find them?

Tropical Sno Shaved Ice are regularly at RiverFeast and you can also find their colourful fruit trailer at events and markets around the region.

Catering?

Yes Tropical Sno Shaved Ice would love to come to your festival, market, sporting events or private party. They are a fully mobile trailer so just give Jen a call today.

  • 0407526893


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