Words and photography by Jessica Dickers


The Spring Fling Festival has been a North Melbourne tradition for the last 37 years. On October 18, Errol Street and Victoria Street played host to local musicians, artists, food stalls and entertainment that celebrates everything the Northside has to offer. There was even a dog show, complete with adorable puppies dressed as tacos, sharks and even a princess Leia.


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Not for profit organisation The Centre produces the community driven festival each year and this year’s theme of “Connected, Creative, and Community” explored what makes the Northside a great place to live and work.


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The Suitcase Rummage was a popular event for people looking for those one of a kind items, as suitcases were overflowing with everything from vintage clothing to random bric a bracs as well as books, records and artwork.


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The festival boasted three main stages as well as several more intimate alleyway performances from local bands Magic America, Soul Safari and The Baudelaires, and artists Emma Frances, Hayley Cooper and Cindy Lou Kramme, among many others.




The Dog Show pulled a huge crowd with categories including best dressed, most obedient, best trick and lookalike.




Here is one of the canine competitors pulling off their best Princess Leia impression before the dog show.




Brandragon Morris entertained the crowd with a traditional English folk dance.


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The sun was out for the festival and the girls from Those Girls Iced Tea were there providing refreshing cups of iced tea in strawberry and rosemary or lime and mint.


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Last year the festival attracted over 10 000 visitors and had 120 different stalls. This year they managed to draw even more people to the North Melbourne centre.




No festival is complete without an array of food options and Spring Fling delivered with Turkish Gozleme, Ghost Kitchen, Flamin Lamb Spit, White Guy Cooks Thai, Two Men and A Lemon and sweets from St Gerrys, Von’s Vegan Bakehouse and Zephyr and Bloom Cakes (pictured) and many more.




The Birdhouse Collection by Rebecca Watts was one of the stalls offering handmade cards, badges, wrapping paper and gifts.



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