Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay's Biggest Festival Event Cooks Up Success With 5-Year Deal

Get ready to feast your ears and taste buds, because the biggest music and food extravaganza in our region has just announced a mouth-watering partnership!

The Wisely Wine and Food Day is teaming up with a local family-owned business that's no stranger to keeping things running like a well-oiled machine. That's right, the Wisely Group, known for their industrial asset management expertise, is bringing their community-minded approach to this event and ensuring that it stays free for all to enjoy. With their deep roots in the region and genuine passion for promoting local talent, this partnership is sure to be a recipe for success!

Wisely chief executive officer Chris Bugeja said this was a unique opportunity to expose the business in the community and support one of the Festival of Arts’ iconic events.

“Wisely Group is committed to supporting Mackay’s most significant event of the year and ensuring our local upcoming talent has a future in the arts,” Mr Bugeja said.

“We are passionate about fostering the vibrant community where our employees and customers live and work,” he said.

Mr Bugeja said the Wisely Wine and Food Day also aligned with their strategy to attract more skilled labour to our region.

“The resource industry is strong, but there is a local skills shortage of people,” he said. “So, part of our strategy is to attract talent from the capital cities to relocate to our beautiful region.”

“Large-scale attractions like the Wisely Wine and Food Day certainly help put Mackay on the map for things to see and do.”

Mayor Greg Williamson said council and the Mackay Festivals team were delighted to have Wisely inked in for the next five years.

“Wisely have gone from strength to strength over the last two decades and it’s tremendous to see a local company so passionate about supporting their community,” Mayor Williamson said.

“It was also fantastic to see the Wisely team really embrace this Festival event in 2022, when they dipped their toe in as major sponsor,” he said.

“Their positive feedback was overwhelming and, honestly, gives us a whole new avenue of promotion – 500 Wisely team members, all over Australia, who now have an event in our region that they are VIPs at!

“That sort of wide-spread word-of-mouth is invaluable.”

This year’s Wisely Wine and Food Day is set to be held on Saturday, July 15.

Applications for performers for the event are currently open and can be found on

Mayor Greg Williamson (left) and Wisely Group chief executive officer Chris Bugeja shake hands on the exciting new Mackay Festival of Arts partnership

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