Amy Kate to dazzle crowds at foodie festival

Published 12:00pm 4 July 2024

Amy Kate to dazzle crowds at foodie festival
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A local songstress and music teacher, who is well known in the South East Queensland music scene, will dazzle crowds with sweet harmonies when she performs at this year’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival.

Amy Kate from Eatons Hill has been named in this year’s line-up of more than 40 artists who will entertain the crowds when the festival returns to Woody Point from August 23-25.

More than 20,000 foodies are expected to descend on the foreshore for the three-day event which promises plenty of tasty bites and sips, live music across multiple stages, appearances by celebrity chefs, zestful produce, food trucks and much more.

Amy Kate says it is one of her favourite events to sing at.

“I have performed every year at the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival,” Amy Kate says.

“I love seeing this amazing event happen right on our doorstep.

“The music, cooking demonstrations, drinks, incredible food, and atmosphere is what I love the most - so basically everything about it.

Amy Kate will take to the stage inside The Taste Pavilion and sing during Sunday’s lunch session.

“I have a mixture of unique looping covers, mash ups and singalongs,” Amy Kate says.

“I love to play a mix of all genres, so pop, RnB, folk and country.

“Some of my favourite songs to perform are Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Valerie by Amy Winehouse – she always has to make an appearance!”

A lifelong love of performing

Music has always been important to Amy Kate, who started singing and playing instruments when she was a young girl.

“I have sung for as long as I can remember,” she explains.

“I began playing the guitar, piano, flute and violin during school and continued to study a Bachelor of Music when I was older.

“I have been gigging in the Brisbane music scene for the last 15 years at community and corporate events, as well as being a regular performer in the pub and wedding industry.

“I have performed at most events on offer in Moreton Bay such as the Redcliffe KiteFest, Music in the Park, Christmas Carols and other local events.”

Amy Kate has also been instrumental in setting up regular gigs for other musicians and works as a music teacher helping the next generation of up-and-coming performers, which she finds extremely rewarding.

“I was the curator of the Live and Local micro festival in Samford Village which engaged 11 local businesses and 62 artists,” Amy Kate says.

“I also founded Young Mic, an open mic event for under 18’s that provides young people the opportunity to perform in the local community.

“I have been privately teaching vocal, guitar and piano from my home studio for 15 years and have been a primary classroom music teacher for nine years.

“If it weren’t for the music teaches that I came across when I was younger, I would never have pursued music as a career, but I’m lucky that I had so many role models that would push me in that direction.

“Thanks to them, I have accomplished a full-time career in both teaching and performing music.

“I try to be that positive force in young people’s lives that can help them build confidence and resilience in both practice and performing.”

Tickets to Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival are on sale now. Visit the website for details.

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