Those at the inaugural St George's Rd Food Festival in Shepparton were treated to delicacies of other nationalities in a friendly atmosphere.JARROD WHITTAKER May 19, 2014 3:58am
Mezhgan Alizadah, Aziz Jafari and Rana Jafari tend to the chicken, lamb and beef skewers at St George's Rd Food Festival.
The rich aroma of foods spanning three continents filled the air in St George’s Rd yesterday at an event which showcased Shepparton’s ethnic diversity.
The St George’s Rd Food Festival showcased cuisine from a range of cultures that make up the Shepparton community.
Festival visitors were treated to a smorgasbord of food, in styles including Indian, Afghani, Sudanese and Australian Indigenous.
The event also included music and dance performances, multicultural food product stalls and henna painting.
During the event, St George’s Rd was closed between Hayes and Swallow Sts to allow people to wander freely between the stalls and businesses located on the shopping strip.
Festival co-ordinator Fiona Smolenaars said she was pleased with the event, which attracted about 1500 people.
‘‘That was the thing when we designed it was to revolve around food, because everyone’s got to eat,’’ Ms Smolenaars said.
‘‘It’s a good chance for people to interact around food and get a better understanding of the different cultures and nationalities.’’
The idea behind the festival was to give Shepparton’s multicultural community an opportunity to showcase their cuisine while breaking down barriers.
Ms Smolenaars said the festival also included a soccer match comprising mixed teams of community members and police and emergency services workers.
‘‘I think by interacting like that it helps to break down barriers,’’ she said.
The event received strong support from St George’s Rd traders, who Ms Smolenaars said were ‘‘really keen from the get-go’’.
Among the traders to get involved in the festival was Sweet House Cafe owner Hasan Hasmien.
Mr Hasmien said the festival went ‘‘beautifully’’.
‘‘Everybody’s happy here, they’re enjoying it,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m enjoying it as well and all the best to everybody in Shepparton.’’
Ms Hasmien said his coffee and selection of Middle Eastern sweets from nations such as Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt were popular with customers.
Festivalgoer Maree Crawley said the event was ‘‘fantastic’’.
‘‘This is just what Shepparton needs to bring us all together and showcase their food — I love it,’’ she said.
New research by the National Heart Foundation has placed Shepparton third in the country for obesity and physical inactivity.
Tungamah came up against Katandra on a windy but sunny day on Sunday at the Bear Pit.
Tatura will be abuzz this Saturday, May 2, when buyers, residents and from elsewhere, descend on the town for Tatura Community House’s ‘Monster Garage Sale’.
Echuca police expect to make some drug arrests over the next few weeks following the launch of the Dob in a Dealer campaign on Friday.
Rochester’s female business heads met Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh on Thursday to discuss businesses and community issues in the district.
Alicia White hits 300 game milestone
Here's a chance to see an expert in action.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Devastating storms in NSW last week saw SES volunteers from across the district pitch in to help out.
Young and old gathered at the Katamatite War Memorial on April 22 in a special Anzac service to mark the centenary of Australian troops landing at Anzac Cove.
On the back off two consecutive losses, the Deni Rams are desperate for a win when they face reigning premier Rumbalara tomorrow.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
91-yr-old Josephine De Fazio couldn't believe it when she dug up a 7.5 kg sweet potato from her Benalla veggie patch.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.