ON TAP: Getting ready for Pubfest at the Lamington Hotel are manager Vicki Shaw and assistant manager Joleen Boswyk.
ON TAP: Getting ready for Pubfest at the Lamington Hotel are manager Vicki Shaw and assistant manager Joleen Boswyk. Alistair Brightman

Party weekend gets the cash registers ringing

MILLIONS will be injected into the local economy as thousands flock to savour the flavour and party at back-to-back Relish and PubFest this weekend.

Motels are booked out and pubs have stocked up on liquid gold all in preparation for the good times ahead at Maryborough's biggest calendar event.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the weekend of scrumptious food and drink was a stunning example of why it is great to be in Maryborough.

"Relish and PubFest are clearly two of the most significant regional happenings and are great examples of event tourism," he said.

Mayor O'Connell said the festivities would set tills ringing and local hospitality, motel and transport businesses were set to profit.

"We will see millions of dollars invested into local economy as locals enjoy themselves at Relish and spend money," he said.

"People going to PubFest have spent money already on costumes and will do so on transport and accommodation."

Motels in Maryborough have already reported high occupancy rates for the weekend.

Blue Shades Motel relief manager Harry Draman said room bookings were "completely chockers" and cleaning staff had been allocated extra shifts over the weekend.

"We have 37 full house rooms and so we've had to roster three extra shifts on both Saturday and Sunday for the cleaners," he said.

It was a similar story at the Arkana Motel, according to manager Mark Donaldson.

"It does benefit our business...Relish is good and has always been on the long weekend which is a great idea," he said.

"I just wish other events weren't organised at the same time so we didn't have to turn away customers."

While motels have been busy getting ready for the influx, Maryborough's pubs have sunk thousands into stocking up on drinks and organising the day's entertainment and food.

The Federal Hotel will shut down its carpark to use as a licensed drinks area.

Owner Gavin Chin said he hoped patrons would have a great time.

"We want people to have a dance and drink, plus there will be lots of good food."

Additional compliance costs of around $4000 is considered money well spent.

"We've spent thousands in putting on bouncers and making sure we are secure," Lamington Hotel's assistant manager Joleen Boswyk said.

'It's always fantastic and it's about getting people in there to see what the pub is about, plus if locals could back it, that would be great."

Mayor O'Connell is positive about the weekend and said having the two events back-to-back made sense.

"Relish is the festival we have always needed to bolt onto PubFest... it will be one of our premiere events," he said.


Purchase Relish entrance and session tickets at www.relish frasercoast.com.au and entrance tickets at gate

Purchase PubFest tickets at participating pubs or from Maryborough's Visitor Information Centre.

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