MOOFEST: Jessica Raintree at Mooloolah for the beach and hinterland Moofest
MOOFEST: Jessica Raintree at Mooloolah for the beach and hinterland Moofest John McCutcheon

Fun should be free, says Moofest director

MUSIC festivals can be expensive, and they're not always designed with children in mind.

That's why community festivals like Mooloolah's Moofest, held yesterday, are so important, says resident and business owner Jessica Raintree.

Ms Raintree watched her 6-year-old daughter play on the free jumping castle while serving customers at her stall.

Her business, Bamboo Salad Bars, found an enthusiastic audience at the community event, where families stopped in to explore her vertical gardens, which are made from bamboo harvested at the Mooloolah resident's property.

"It's for container gardening, but (is) a bit more funky and sustainable because we're using bamboo instead of plastic," she said.

Ms Raintree said the community event had a great atmosphere.

"It's a real family festival...a really nice vibe," she said.

"I think a lot of people are doing it a little bit tough. The cost of living is high these days, so the gold coin donation entry helps."

Morning drizzle gave way to a warm, sunny day and by mid-morning locals were applying sunscreen while they listened to musicians including cellist Louise King perform.

"Not everyone can go to the Caloundra Music Festival, and even going to school festivals is sometimes not affordable," said Moofest founder and organiser Nat Pettingill.

A Mooloolah resident and mother-of-five, Mrs Pettingill said the festival costs had been raised by new partner not-for-profit youth organisation Fusion.

"It's about giving back to families," she said.

"Families are awesome and we need to support them."


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