In 2012, Freshwater Community Bank® Branch , Bendigo Bank, celebrated its 10th birthday and a decade of servicing the residents and businesses of Freshwater.

This was a special event for locals and visitors alike to share in Freshwater’s rich community culture, showcasing all things local businesses, community groups and performing arts have to offer.

Celebrate Freshwater was the perfect opportunity for local restaurants to highlight their cuisine, boutiques and home wares to sell their products, local sporting organisations to show off their skills and recruit members and other charitable organisations selling raffles tickets and raising awareness about the wonderful causes and volunteers that help support this wonderful community.

Highlights of the day included: beer and wine tasting at Vintage Cellars, Sardinian Celebrity Chef Giovanni Pilu of “Pilu at Freshwater” demonstrated cooking techniques as well as signing copies of his new book, “A Sardinian Cookbook”. There were also readings by children’s author, Aimee Aitkins and her series Billy’s Boatshed and heaps of activities for the kids with jumping castle, climbing wall, face painting and a very popular animal farm.

With Vic Laruso as our wonderful MC, the main stage was pumping with loads of talent from Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Harbord School Stage Band, Northern Beaches Secondary College – Project Impro, Mackellar Girls High Saxophone Ensemble, Yarima the Zumba Lady and a Harbord Diggers fitness Demonstration, capping off with a finale from local student rock band Hailstone.

Celebrate Freshwater will go down in history as one of the calendar events of the year!

For more information on this event, please contact us.

Participating Businesses & Community Groups

Calypso Blue
Carmel Tequilas
Cassidy’s of Harbord
Cheeki Bottles
Curl Curl Amateur Swimming Club
Curl Curl Youth Club FC
Deep Seafood
Duke's Day
Freshwater Amateur Swimming Club
Freshwater Bakehouse
Freshwater Newsagency
Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club
Freshwater Uniting Church
Friends of Freshwater
God's Country Annual Longboard Competition
Harbord Bowling and Recreation Club
Harbord Community Library
Harbord Conveyancing
Harbord Diggers
Harbord Kindergarten
Harbord Public School Centenary Stall
Harbord Seasiders United FC
Harbord Vet Hospital
Harbord Women's Bowling Club
John and Ginger
Karuna Montessori Pre- School
Koko's Pizza
Magenta Healing
Manly and Mosman Parkinson’s Support Group
Manly Seasiders Baseball Club
Manly Vale Community Garden
Manly Warringah Avicultural Society
Manly Warringah Football Association
Marylina's Pizza Restaurant
Northside Enterprise - Bushlink
Northstar Financial Advisers
St John's First Aid
St Mark's Freshwater & Freshie Beach Church
St. Paul's Catholic College Manly
Stowaway Restaurant & Bar
Thai Khaen Khoon
The Freshwater Club
The Kitchen Nook
Total Look Beauty
Two Hands Project
Valley United Jnr Rugby League FC
Vintage Cellars
Zamia Homewares


Performances by

Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble

St John the Baptist Choir

Hailstone - Manly High Rock Band

Harbord Public School Jazz Band

Manly High Jazz Band

Mackellar Girls Saxophone Ensemble

Manly Warringah Pipe Band

Yarima Presents... Zumba

Demonstrations & Readings

Pilu of Freshwater – Cooking Demonstrations

Billy's Boatshed, Aimee Aitkins – Children’s Book Readings

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