FOOD, music and entertainment from around the world will once again be on offer at this year’s Moonah Taste of the World Festival.
Held on Sunday 20 March at Benjafield Park in Moonah, festival organising committee chairwoman and Glenorchy Council Alderman Christine Lucas is urging community members to bring their appetites and dancing shoes to the event.
“We want everyone to celebrate our multicultural community and travel with us around the world to experience the great flavours, sounds and activities that we have on offer,” she said.
The Nyrstar Eat Street is expected to be a highlight of the festival with a mixture of 31 community groups and businesses showcasing their produce and cultures.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for community groups to share their heritage, with many participating at the festival for the very first time,” Ald Lucas said.
“This year we have Sri Lankan, Ethiopian, Sierre Leone, Italian, Bhutanese, Filipino, Afghani and Liberian communities represented and it will be exciting to try some of their traditional foods.
“For the first time Cosgrove High School will be participating – students will be presenting Afghani and Persian food, as well as cultural games and activities in the activity marquee.”
Ald Lucas said it was great to have the support of participating local businesses.
“People should come along with empty stomachs so that they can try a little of everything,” she said.
“As well as our traditional Nyrstar Eat Street, this year will feature the additional Nyrstar Eat Street Sweets, so people will be very well catered for.”
The festival site will include two performance stages.
As well as favourites the ‘Lion Dance’ by the Tasmanian Buddhist community and the salsa inspired beats of popular Latin music ensemble Son del Sur on the main stage, the festival will also be hosting a dedicated world music market stage featuring musicians from the Continental Drift project.
“In a Tasmanian first, 25 musicians from three continents have come together in Continental Drift to bridge cultures, push boundaries and showcase the diverse talents of Tasmania’s multicultural music community,” Ald Lucas said.
“Continental Drift were artists in residence at the new Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) late last year where they recorded their debut album, and those artists are back to perform live at this year’s festival.
“In nearly four hours of musical treats, festival-goers can enjoy beats that sample the street guitars of Soweto, songs of star-crossed love by Chinese vocalists and Persian hip hop from Tehran.
“This is the sound of the festival, drawn from all corners of the world and with plenty of rhythm to dance to.”
Festival patrons can purchase their own Continental Drift album to enjoy the sweet sounds throughout the year.
There will also be a range of other activities for audiences to participate in throughout the day.
“We will have two activity marquees this year, featuring a variety of interactive and information stalls,” Ald Lucas said.
The Taste of Harmony and Happiness marquees will feature the Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee members, Harmony Day activities, information on healthy eating with Glenorchy on the Go, the Migrant Resource Centre and the popular grape crushing demonstration.
The CatholicCare Afghan/Hazara Promoting Positive Diversity Program will also participate with cooking demonstrations, cultural exchange and an art display.
Patrons can enjoy African style hair braiding, hear from representatives from the Moonah Primary School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and get involved in the Asian game of carom, led by Cosgrove High School students.
A range of information and activities from other services and community organisations will also be available.
Other activities include Dominic College crafts from around the world, face painting, art with the Moonah Business Community, the Jolley Hatters Morris dancers and information and activities from the Australian Electoral Commission.
Ald Lucas said she thanked the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government Department of Social Services for their support of the festival, along with major sponsor Nyrstar.
“We are proud to be able to run this inclusive festival for the community and promote cultural awareness,” she said.
“We would not be without our major sponsors and the number of supporters who assist us with this event.
“This year we also have the ABC joining us as media partner and running an outside broadcast from the event until 12pm, which is very exciting”.
The Moonah Taste of the World Festival will run from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 20 March.
Entry into the event is free.
Patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle service running from the Hopkins Street car park (behind Dickinson’s Arcade) to the festival and back all day.
For more information see the festival guide on page 8, visit www.moonahtasteoftheworld.com.au or “like” the Moonah Taste of the World Facebook page.
Enquiries can also be made to Glenorchy Council’s customer service area on telephone 6216 6800.