Woolgoolga Curryfest is celebrating 10 years of culture, cuisine and good community fun and as things heat up towards the September festival, organisers are promising one of the biggest and best events to date.
The event, which is one of Destination NSW’s celebrated flagship events, has seen as many as 13,000 people flock to the seaside village, and this year it is expected that more than 15,000 will come and help celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Woolgoolga is home to the biggest Australian Punjabi Sikh population outside of capital cities. Woolgoolga’s population is only 5,000, but the town boasts two Sikh temples and hundreds of citizens for whom Punjabi is their first language. On September 26, the whole town celebrates its unique heritage with Curryfest, a food and cultural festival that has grown into a flagship event.
Curryfest features curries from all over the world, ethnic foods, Punjabi music, dancing and other cultural displays … a feast for the eyes, ears and for the stomach.
This year the fun begins with the “Tastes of Woolgoolga” restaurant experiences, starting with a banquet on September 5, followed by a Moroccan night on September 12. Woolgoolga The Bollywood Musical will wow audiences on September 24, and the warm up for Festival Day on September 26 is the much-loved Bollywood on the Beach outdoor movies on the evening of September 25.
On the big day, Saturday, September 26, the festival begins at 9am. Entry is only $4 per adult; kids are free. There are more than 100 stalls, two stages with lots of cultural and traditional entertainment, cooking demonstrations, mindfulness and meditation workshops, kids’ activities, henna tattoos, market stalls and lots of opportunities to try and buy curries and spice products for you to take away and experiment with in your own kitchen. There will also be lots of other ethnic food for those whose tastes lie elsewhere.
Buy a Curryfest raffle ticket, and you might win a return flight to India compliments of Air India. Tickets are $2.
The festival also coincides this year with Woolgoolga’s renowned Lillipilli Art Exhibition, celebrating regional artists in a number of formats.
Locals could make a day trip to Woolgoolga and stay on to sample some of the local taverns, clubs and restaurants in the evening, or just take a twilight stroll along some of the best beaches on the Coffs Coast to walk off those curries. It’s the start of the school holidays, and don’t forget the festival has a kids’ zone to add to all the usual Coffs Coast kids’ attractions.
Head to www.curryfest.com.au for accommodation and further festival information.