Dan Graf, founder of the Man Date Festival.
Dan Graf, founder of the Man Date Festival. Bev Lacey

BEARDS OUT: Man Date Festival has a new home in 2017

IT'S a celebration of all things both masculine and fashionable.

The second annual Man Date Festival is just a month away, with organisers showing off a sneak preview of what patrons have in store.

Founder, beard aficionado and owner of Beard Boutique Dan Graf said the 2017 version would be even bigger, having moved to the Mills Precinct.

"Moving to the Mills Precinct seemed like the most natural thing we could do," he said.

"It has this old school vintage wool shed feel and had a good appeal when we inspected it.

"I've brought a few more additions to the marketplace this year.

"Last year, a few of the vendors sold out before the festival had finished, so they'll be stocking up a bit bigger."

Bands like Toowoomba's the Screaming Chokos, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Juzzie Smith and Little Billie will perform, while craft brewers, barbers and jerky salesman will also sell their products.

Mr Graf said while the festival was still finding its feet, the aim was to hark back to the style at the turn of the last century.

"A barber is coming from Adelaide and he deals in traditional haircuts and service from days gone by," he said.

"I've based it around a few great men of Australia's past.

"It gives a little respect to a certain figure in the late 1800s, early 1900s - that sort of feel."

While the event on April 22 is aimed at blokes, Mr Graf said there was something for everyone.

For more information about the Man Date Festival, head to the website.



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