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Stringybark Festival

Stringybark Festival is a free community event celebrating homegrown creativity, sustainability and all things local.
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Stringybark Festival is an annual event celebrating all things homemade, home grown and upcycled in the City of Knox. This much loved community event has been running for over 30 years and celebrates all things local in 'our backyard'.

Stringybark Festival will take place on Sunday 16 October 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Rowville Community Centre and surrounding parklands.

Stringybark Festival has free activities for the whole family, including:

  • home-made, homegrown and nature play activities
  • gardening and sustainability workshops
  • stage performances from local and regional acts
  • a makers market with handmade and environmental products
  • cooking demonstrations on the backyard tucker stage
  • outdoor games 
  • amusements
  • children's activities.

This is family friendly, alcohol and drug free event. Entry is free.

Please leave your dog at home, however guide dogs and companion animals are welcome.

Stringybark Festival 2022 will be delivered in line with the state government's COVIDSafe settings.


Busker’s Stage:

  • Scoresby Secondary School pianist – 10am
  • Knox Factor 2021 winner – Renee Shead – 10:30am
  • Caitlin Min Fa – 10:50am
  • Olivia McLean – 11:25am
  • Jenna Campbell – 11:45am
  • Felikss Baumanis – 12:15pm
  • Welcome to Country – 1:00pm
  • Mayor, Cr Susan Laukens – 1:05pm
  • Inka Marka – 1:15pm
  • The Bard Guys – 2:20pm
  • Mary Ann Van Der Horst – 3:15pm

Community Stage:

  • Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre – 10am
  • St Paul the Apostle Primary School – 10:20am
  • Aqua Moon Tribal Belly Dance – 10:40am
  • ASV Academy – 11:10am
  • Aspect Motion School of Dance – 11:35am
  • Toby the T-Rex – 12:05pm
  • DanceXpress – 1:10pm
  • O’Conner School of Irish Dance – 1:45pm
  • Calisthenics – 2:10pm
  • MV Choir for 2022 Winter Olympic – 2:35pm
  • Kim Annette Dance Studio – 3pm
  • End of day disco – 3:30pm

Workshop Stage:

  • EV Choice – Is Now the Time to make the Switch? – 10:30am
  • Andrew Reddaway – Future proofing your Solar - 11:30am
  • Knox Council – Reducing your Household Waste – 12:30pm
  • Here & There Makers – DIY Green Cleaning – 1:30pm
  • Chooktopia – Choosing a Compost System – 2:30pm

Backyard Tucker Stage (cooking demonstrations):

  • The Food Affectionist – Stringybark Breakfast - 10am
  • Fermented Mumma – Wild Kimchi - 11am
  • The Basin Backyard – Pasta Amatriciana - 12pm
  • The Basin Food is Free Project and Community Garden – Masoor daal - 1pm
  • Knox Community Gardens Inc – Tabbouleh with rescued bread - 2pm
  • Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place – Ngullee boolai meat and damper (Gunnai) - 3pm

Download the Backyard Tucker recipes

Getting there

There is no public parking available at the event. Please walk, ride or take our free shuttle bus.

  • bike parking is located near the Fulham Road entry (please bring your own bike lock)
  • a free shuttle bus will run from the Ferntree Gully train station and the Knox Civic Centre to the festival
  • accessible parking is located via the Fulham Road entrance.


We aim to ensure that everyone has equal access to Stringybark Festival.

  • accessible toilets are available at the festival 
  • accessible parking is available via the Fulham Road entrance.
  • sealed paths to assist patrons to make their way around the festival (however some activities take place on grass and uneven surfaces).
  • a chill out space is located inside the Rowville Community Centre.

Prepare for your visit by viewing the Rowville Community Centre access key.

If you need alternative formats or other reasonable adjustments, please contact the Knox Festivals and Events team on 9298 8000 or prior to the event date.


This year Stringybark Festival will be partnering with Green My Plate to help reduce single use waste at the event.

Reusable plates and bowls will be used and washed by food vendors. Please make sure to return your plate to the pink bins located at each waste station across the event site.

Festival sponsor

Stud Park

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Rowville Community Centre

40 Fulham Road

Rowville, VIC




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