5 things not to miss at the 2016 Tocal Field Days

Tocal Field Days is back for 2016! After such disappointment with the cancellation of the 2015 event Tocal Field Days Association has promised a massive weekend this year. The event has become so much more than just a trade show, and is a highlight of the year for many families around the Hunter. This year’s event will run from April 29 until May 1 and we’ve got all the hot tips on the best stuff to see.

Talent at Tocal


Talent at Tocal is an opportunity to showcase the Hunter Valley’s young artists and provide them with the opportunity to be paid to perform live in front of an audience. Students from Newcastle & the Hunter Valley aged between 10 and 18 years of age will be invited to a live audition in March 2016. Past field day attendees have enjoyed the musical performances from the region’s schools, and this year Tocal Field Days have taken it to another level by giving some young artists a leg up to progress in their musical careers. This new feature is also an extension of Tocal Field Days’ policy to give back to the community, whether that be to a community group, organisation or school, by paying for their services to the field days.

Maitland Country Beanie Competition


The Maitland Group of the Knitters’ Guild in partnership with Tocal Field Days is hosting a “Country Beanie Competition”. This is an opportunity to show your creativity and connection to country with a “country” themed beanie. The beanie can be either knitted or crocheted and can be made with any material. There are great prizes to e won. Two winners will be decided by a “People’s Choice” and by a panel of judges.

Ute muster


Ute lovers will be heading to Tocal Field Days for the 7th annual ute muster. To be held on Sunday May 1 and there are categories to suit every ute enthusiast from the best feral ute to the best classic ute. The new categories introduced in 2014 will continue again in 2016 – the very popular Sound off – for both V6 & V8. Gates are open for utes from 6.00am – 9.00am.  Gates are closed at 9am and reopen at 4pm. Pre-entry is recommended. For further information download the Ute Muster Entry Form.

Bake or Burn


The Bake or Burn competition is open to students of all ages and we invite your food technology, hospitality and cookery students to participate in the third “Bake or Burn” competition. Held in the Good Food and Wine hall this competition encourages students to demonstrate their skills in front of a live audience. We offer this opportunity to you to showcase your student’s talents and their school.

Bush Poetry Competition


As part of the 2016 Tocal Field Days we are again holding the Bush Poetry Competition. The aim of the competition is to encourage children to use their imagination to write bush poetry.

2016 Tocal Field Days Ticket Prices



CHILDREN (5 – 16 years) $1 Note: This does not include school groups

COMEBACK PASS (to re-enter on the following day) $10

For group bookings of 20 or more contact

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