Getting ready for a global celebration

GLENORCHY residents are invited to bring their appetites and dancing shoes to this year’s Moonah Taste of the World Festival on Sunday 26 March at Benjafield Park, Moonah.

Food, music and entertainment from around the world will once again be on offer at the free event, which runs from 11am until 4pm.

Families are encouraged to come along and celebrate our multicultural community and travel around the world to experience the great flavours, sounds and activities that the festival has on offer.

The Nyrstar Eat Street will once again be a highlight, with a mixture of 31 community groups and businesses showcasing their produce and cultures.

There will be a great array of food from countries including India, Germany, Tibet, Indonesia, Australia, France, Bhutan, Italy, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and many more.

As well as the traditional Nyrstar Eat Street, there will also be the Nyrstar Eat Street Sweets with some great dessert options.

The festival will once again be running two performance stages including the popular community dance stage and a live market music stage.

As well as favourites, the Lion Dance by the Tasmanian Buddhist community, the community dance stage will have a special focus on Indian dance this year with both the popular Bollywood dance style and the more formal temple dance styles represented.

Newcomers to the dance stage also include a local Nigerian and South African children’s dance group, as well as members of the Indonesian community performing for the first time a special bird dance.

The highlight of the music program will be a first for the festival – the great local eight-piece band, Chupacabra. Inspired by the Cumbia sound of Latin America, these local musicians have developed quite a following for their distinctive beats and rollicking songs.

The band will present a feast for the ears, with horns, accordion, guitar, bass, Latin percussion and Spanglish sure to get patrons up and dancing. Catch Chupacabra on the festival main stage for their 50-minute set from around 12.30pm (check times in the park on the day).

The popular Market Music Stage will also be in action with nearly four hours of musical treats. Festival-goers can enjoy beats that sample the street guitars of Soweto, Afghani pop, Persian hip hop and a host of other musical tones from across the world, performed with passion by local musicians.

In addition to the food and musical entertainment there will be a fantastic array of other activities on offer throughout the day.

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home and it will be celebrated and recognised at this year’s Festival through creative activities for young people and their families.

The Glenorchy Cultural Diversity Committee stall will include free temporary transfers, a “selfie” booth, art and craft activities and giveaways.

People are invited to participate in the “Conversation Couch – come and colour”, which provides the chance to share your thoughts about what community safety means to you. Come and join in on the fun, have your photo taken and become part of the “big picture”.

The Glenorchy on the Go Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle program Ambassadors will also be on site providing free healthy fruit smoothies on the ever-popular Smoothie Bike – a great opportunity to undertake a little bit of physical activity while making a delicious fruit smoothie.

Other activities include stalls from Cosgrove High School and Moonah Primary School, cooking demonstrations with Otis Beanery, the Story Island Project, painting with the Moonah Business Association and information and activities from the Migrant Resource Centre and Red Cross.

Learn the art of grape crushing, and win some prizes in the watermelon-eating contest.

There will be face painting and African hair braiding, along with children’s games from Save the Children Australia, YMCA, Dominic College and the Child Health Association Tas Inc, plus dancing on the grass with the Jolley Hatters Morris dancers.

Major sponsors Nyrstar and the RACT will both be holding fun activities throughout the day and media partner ABC will run an outside broadcast from the event until 12pm.

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 6 or go to www.moonahtasteoftheworld.com.au or the Moonah Taste of the World Facebook page.

Enquiries can also be made to Glenorchy Council’s customer service area on telephone 6216 6800.

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