Central Geelong Shopping Festival fun

Festival ambassador Renee Garing. (Supplied)

Central Geelong’s annual flagship shopping event, the Central Geelong Shopping Festival & Sidewalk Sales has been reimagined into a COVID-19 safe, week-long festival for 2020.

From Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8, the festival will feature new elements and activities including self-fill goodie bags, a self-guided dessert experience, a festival video series, street trading and a competition with $5,000 worth of vouchers up for grabs.

The official event program is available online at www.centralgeelong.com.au/sidewalksales and a full list of special offers from participating businesses will be released on October 28.

The festival is a great opportunity to kickstart your Christmas shopping, support local businesses and grab yourself a bargain! The festival has COVID safe measures in place to ensure gathering numbers are maintained.

Some of the event highlights include…

Self-fill goodie bags
Enjoy some festival goodies valued at more than $120 from participating businesses. Pre-purchase your empty goodie bag for $25 online and collect it from the Shopping Festival Info Caravan in Little Malop Street Central. Make your way to Flower Bowl in Ryan Place, Geelong Dive Centre in Moorabool Street, Maternal Instinct in Moorabool Street, Organic Larder in Malop Street, Townhouse Living in Yarra Street and Tea-Cha Tea Bar in Ryrie Street to receive a little something at each stop. Check out the goodies on offer by visiting www.centralgeelong.com.au/sidewalksales

Bookings: www.festivalgoodiebags.eventbrite.com.au

Sweet street – self-guided tour
This experience allows you to discover some of Central Geelong’s tastiest desserts at your own pace. Receive a delicious takeaway sweet treat from Twisted Dessert Bar, Baking Bliss, James Street Bakery, Augustus Gelatery and Moo Mouth Coffee.

Cost: $15 (receive five tokens valued at $5 each. Total value $25) Bookings: sweetstreet.eventbrite.com.au

Choose your lucky envelope
The ‘Choose Your Lucky Envelope’ activity has vouchers from Central Geelong businesses up for grabs for eight people on each day of the festival. Enter the online ballot between 5pm, October 22 and 11.59pm on November 6 to go into the draw to win a timeslot to ‘Choose Your Lucky Envelope’. To enter and find out more about the vouchers up for grabs visit www.centralgeelong.com.au/competitions/184

Virtual shopping festival video series
This year you can enjoy the festival from your couch too! Join festival ambassador and AFLW player Renee Garing and GT Magazine editor, Jemma Ryan as they drop into some of Central Geelong’s leading retailers to create a virtual shopping experience for you to enjoy at home.

This video series will provide you with an exclusive look at some of the season’s latest trends, new stock arrivals, hot tips and ‘how to’ guides. And even more exciting, on each day of the festival participating businesses will also reveal in their video how you can access exclusive special offers, giveaways and free gifts. Find out more about the line-up at www.centralgeelong.com.au/sidewalksales

Grab a bite
Take a break, recharge or catch up with friends over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Al fresco dining is alive and well in Central Geelong with many cafes and restaurants reopening as restrictions ease. From urban outdoor spaces to leafy courtyards and stunning Waterfront views, there are so many dining options.

Make a booking with one of Central Geelong’s eateries to ensure a table. Check out where to dine at www.centralgeelong.com.au/eat

Spend and win in Central Geelong
The Central Geelong Spend and Win promotion is back with your chance to win $10,000 in cash! Shoppers who spend $30 at any Central Geelong business during the month of November can take their receipt to the Spend and Win booth to receive a $10 voucher (while stocks last, daily limits apply) from participating businesses and enter to win the $10,000 major prize draw (Terms and conditions apply). Visit www.centralgeelong.com.au for details.

Don’t forget to visit www.centralgeelong.com.au for all your Shopping Festival event information, download your event program and learn more about how to go into the draw to win $10,000.

You can also be the first to know about all Central Geelong’s events and activities by signing up the ‘General Activities’ mailing list at www.centralgeelong.com.au/mailing-lists

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