SOME revellers claimed it was "the best" Lake Macquarie festival they'd ever been to.
This was the feedback given to Lake Macquarie council staff by local citizens on their way home from the Lake Macquarie Festival on Sunday.
Held at Speers Point Park on Australia Day, the annual family-friendly event is an important day on the calendar for many families in the region.
There was no shortage of colour, with some people bearing red-and-blue umbrella hats, and others Australian flags.
More than 5000 people came during the day, and another 10,000 turned up to enjoy the evening concert featuring Jon English and The Radiators.
For most this was the highlight of the day, however, the amusement rides, market stalls and a movie on the big screen kept children entertained while families picnicked by the water.
A brilliant display of fireworks capped the day off about 9pm.
This year, the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets were held as usual on Saturday. Organisers said it helped them off to a great start to 2014, with many people attending both events.
A council spokesperson said given the positive feedback, there were no plans to change the festival next year.