BERRY HOT: John Stewart, John Arkan, Pamela Fayle and Kamaldeep Singh Clair promoting Curryfest sponsor, OzBerries. Photos: Trevor Veale
BERRY HOT: John Stewart, John Arkan, Pamela Fayle and Kamaldeep Singh Clair promoting Curryfest sponsor, OzBerries. Photos: Trevor Veale

Woolgoolga curries favour with festival

A CELEBRATION of culture and cuisine is set to attract thousands of locals and visitors to the 2013 Woolgoolga Curryfest.

The Curryfest is a week-long festival starting today and running until Sunday, April 14.

The centrepiece of the festival is Curryfest Market Day. This year the family event returns to the streets on Saturday, April 13, at Beach St.

Well-loved traditional and modern cuisine from Australia and all over the world is the signature menu on market day, featuring more than 100 stalls and things to see, do and try, amazing local and travelling entertainment, drummers, DJs and dancers.

Everyone will be entertained at the community open mic stage, a massive kids' entertainment zone, yoga and meditation workshops, cooking demonstrations and classes, the Vaisahki Parade, turban-tying demonstrations and more.

Dance workshops will be running throughout the day on both the main and community stages.

The Bollywood Sisters, Sacred Lotus and Kulturithmik will be showing the moves to all dancers young and old.

A favourite among visitors is the Curry Iron Chef - a curry cook-off where three contenders will be given a secret ingredient and three hours to design, shop for and cook their best dish. The winner will be crowned the first official Iron Curry Chef.

You can vote for your favourite finalist of the Great Curry Cook Off by voting for them on the Curryfest website or Facebook page.

Another main event of the festival is Bollywood on the Beach, a free outdoor movie screening at the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve of the movie Monsoon Wedding on Friday, April 12, to start after dark.

Dancing during the movie is not only allowed but encouraged.

So, we have food aplenty and Bollywood music. What are we missing for a fully Indian celebration?

Of course - cricket.

The Curry Cup is the 2013 India v Rest of the World Twenty20 Cricket Match.

The celebrations will take place on Sunday, April 14, at Centennial Oval, Beach St, Woolgoolga, starting at 12.30pm.

There will also be a T20 Blast Carnival for all boys and girls aged eight to 12 years old.

The main match will start at 2pm and organisers are calling for nominations in either the India or Rest of the World teams to take on each other in an exciting, action-packed match of Twenty20 cricket that will celebrate different cultures within the local area.

OTHER EVENTS

  •  Curry Cooking Classes: April 6-11 at the Seaview Tavern.
  •  Hot, Colourful and Spicy Art Exhibition: Woolgoolga Art Gallery. Opening on April 12, 5pm.

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