THE first All Things Bendigo festival has been given a tick of approval by the people who attended.
The festival, which blocked off Water Street on both days, attracted a crowd of about 1000 people across the weekend.
It showcased Bendigo produce, including wines from Glenwillow Wines and Pondalowie Vineyards Marquees.
There was also plenty of music with 12 bands taking to the stage.
Neil Mein, who lives near Water Street, said he enjoyed the entertainment the most.
"The live music was fantastic," he said.
"I was here Saturday night and it was great.
"There needs to be more things like this in Bendigo."
Courtney Mann went along to the festival with her partner on Sunday.
She said the atmosphere was terrific and the weather had added to it.
"It is a good social event," she said.
"It really brings the people out and is great for the vendors."
Ms Mann said she would definitely go along next year.
Organiser David Mulqueen said the festival was a celebration of Bendigo.
"The whole objective is to show off Bendigo produce - cheeses, wines, food from the butchers," he said.
"It's a celebration of the city."
Mr Mulqueen said overall he was pleased with the turnout.
"I think there was enough (people) to say they want it (again)," he said.
"Where it goes is another question - we have learnt a lot.
"In the next 12 months we will really prepare for (the next festival).
"We will want to get more local producers involved because that's what it is - everything Bendigo."
Owner of Glenwillow wines Peter Fyffe said he hoped the festival would grow to become the envy of Melbourne.
"It would be great if this festival could grow so big that people from Melbourne come up for the weekend," he said.