Step back in time

Retro and vintage festival revellers will be impressed when they head to Rosedale in May and step back in time.

Following the success of last year’s Rosedale Vintage and Retro Festival, which attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 people, organisers are inviting Gippslanders who are still practicing trades lost to modern technology to participate.

Blacksmiths, tinsmiths, stonemasons, whip makers, pinstripers, furniture makers, milliners, toy makers and any other hardworking old-time trades people are being called upon to share their talents.

Rosedale Vintage and Retro Festival’s Phoebe Moncur said the move followed a successful lost trades fair in Kyneton recently.

“People are actually really interested in trades that you don’t see anymore because we have such a big industry with importing and not buying local,” Ms Moncur said.

“We want to bring out these talented people and showcase their work and say this is what we’ve got around.”

Ms Moncur said organisers were hoping Gippslanders would get on board to showcase the region’s talent.

“Fine hands, fine skills, fine passion and knowledge, that’s what they’re chasing,” Ms Moncur said.

The Lost Trades Fair will run in addition to the vintage and retro festival which will once again host a display of vintage cars, tractors, engines and an array of stalls, activities and entertainment.

Rosedale Vintage and Retro Festival will run on Sunday, 24 May from 8am to 2pm.

If you have a trade you would like to share with festival goers or wish to book a stall, email or book online at