Friday September 4, 2020
It has been a year like no other for the Tourism and Events industry and organisers of Griffith’s flagship event, Griffith Spring Fest have used the time to look to 2021 and showcase the region to a much larger audience.
Councillor Rina Mercuri, Chairperson of the Griffith Spring Fest Working Group said while everyone is disappointed Griffith Spring Fest will not be the event we had originally planned for 2020, there are still positives to be taken from the situation.
“We had hoped that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions would have eased by now, and that we would be able to have some sense of normality, but the ongoing crisis has meant our original plans could not go ahead,” said Councillor Mercuri.
“While Griffith Spring Fest 2020 is not exactly going to be what we are used to seeing each Spring, we have been working on a way to bring the event to life digitally – this will include virtual tours, videos featuring tips and tricks to get your garden in great shape, and many online activities for you to enjoy at home.”
“2020 was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Citrus Sculptures and the 30th anniversary of the Garden Festival, the online festival will showcase how the events have evolved since 1991,” added Councillor Mercuri.
“The Griffith Spring Fest Working Group and Council’s Tourism Team are in the process of finalising the online offerings that will be available for all to view and experience in October 2020,” said Councillor Mercuri.
“The tourism industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, making the decision to cancel the festivities that much harder, however public safety is the number one concern.
“The online events currently being curated will offer those far and wide a sneak peek into what we can offer – and encourage more visitors to the region in 2021,” she added.
Griffith City Council’s Tourism Manager, Mirella Guidolin said the Team and Working Group have been reflecting on previous years and coming up with a strategy to make the 2021 event bigger and better than ever before.
“We have some exciting ideas on how to improve Griffith Spring Fest, to encourage the growth of the event and attract more visitors to Griffith next year,” said Ms Guidolin.