Woolgoolga’s premier event, ‘Curryfest’

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Woolgoolga’s premier event, ‘Curryfest’, is big, colourful and spicy, and it is on again in 2013! Curryfest is a signature event which celebrates the cultural diversity of our area. Woolgoolga Curryfest showcases multicultural cuisine, traditional and modern dances, music, comedy, arts and crafts and fun activities for the kids.

 

Preparations for the event are in full swing, with a dedicated committee applying itself with an ongoing sense of vigour, cooperation and community spirit, determined to attract increased numbers of visitors to the event. The committee is made up of a wide sector of the Woolgoolga community, with representatives from both Gurdwaras (temples), Rotary and Lions, stall holders, Chamber of Commerce members, as well as an event manager contracted by the chamber.

The Curryfest committee are very pleased to announce local business Oz Berries has become the major sponsor for the festival!  There are big changes to this year’s festival, including being fence free and free to enter. In 2013, OZ Berries Curryfest is returning to the streets! Lots of exciting events for the festival have been planned …

Wednesday 27 February In conjunction with Birch Carroll and Coyle, Oz Berries Curryfest will play host to the premiere of Singh VS Kaur. Come along and experience a Punjabi romantic comedy and help to raise money for this fabulous festival. The evening begins at 6.15pm, with the movie to start at 6.45pm.

All tickets must be pre purchased and are available via Curryfest Woolgoolga Facebook page, Curryfest website or at Woolgoolga Newsagency, Spice Rack Restaurant, Oz Berries or John Arkan’s ‘Curried Away’ van at Growers Markets in Harbour Drive.

Saturday 6 April: Will see the first ever Bollywood Ball at the C.ex Woolgoolga. Everyone is invited to open the festival in style with a bright and colourful evening of fun and frivolity. Tickets are $50 and include canapés and drinks. Lucky ball attendees will have the opportunity to win a ticket to INDIA, thanks to Rogers Travel. An absolutely indulgent lucky door prize is also being donated by Le Dãin Designs, which will see someone heading home with a custom piece of jewellery created as a one of a kind for the ball. A variety of cultural entertainment is being lined up to entertain lucky guests and includes singers and dancers to get you dancing the night away Bollywood style, as well as a henna artist and tarot card readings for those not so dance floor inclined.

7 – 12 April: Talented and award winning local chefs will be holding ‘Curry Master Classes’ at the Seaview Tavern for those wanting to learn some new skills or take their curry to the next level. Classes include traditional Indian curries, Indian cheese making as well as some new age, reinvented curries for those wanting to take it to the extreme. Timetables and costs are available on the website, along with bios on our talented master chefs. Places are extremely limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Friday 12 April: The Hot, Colourful and Spicy Art Exhibition will take place at the Woolgoolga Art Gallery. Local artists and school groups are invited to submit pieces for inclusion in the collection. The Woolgoolga Art Gallery are hosting the evening, with all money raised going directly to the gallery. The exhibition opens at 5pm with nibbles and champagne; the cost to attend is $10. Also on Friday the 12th, ‘Bollywood on the Beach’ will be happening after dark on the beach reserve (a wet weather option has been arranged) with the showing of the Indian film Barfi. Food, drinks and kids entertainment will be available on the evening.

Saturday 13 April: THE BIG DAY! OZ Berries Curryfest will return to the streets this year, with the closure of Market St. The main stage will make its new home in the Market St car park and the Absolute Entertainment Kids Zone will be located in the closed off portion of Queens St, with rides and entertainment for the young and young at heart. A short stroll to the reserve will take you to the Chillout Zone with the open mic/buskers stage, more food and market stalls and the Scouts FREE kids area.Cooking demonstrations and short courses will take be taking place as well, along with yoga, meditation and other get up and join in fun activities. The Vaisahki parade will head through the town as part of the traditional celebrations to spread the message of thankfulness and renewal.

Sunday 14 April: Wind down day, ‘India V the Rest of the World’ cricket match will be taking place on Centennial Reserve. Spend the day relaxing in the shade and enjoying a few overs; food and drink will be available.

There are some big prizes on offer this year for those joining in the fun. We’ve already mentioned the flight to India and the stunning jewellery to go to a lucky ball goer, but it doesn’t end there. Tickets are about to go on sale all over the Coffs Coast and online to win a jaw dropping prize, which is all about celebrating the amazing area we call home… Here it is: 1st Prize: A ‘Staycation’ – 52 weekends away on the beautiful Coffs Coast – 2nd Prize: A “Year of Dining Out” – 52 delicious dinners to enjoy on the stunning Coffs Coast and 3rd Prize: A “Year of Experiences” – 52 relaxing and exciting things to try on the thrilling Coffs Coast. Amazing!

There are so many ways to join in the fun, but being a cultural food festival, talented local chefs have more ways than one. They can enter the ‘Great Curry Cook Off!’ proudly sponsored by Coffs Coast FOCUS. Local chefs are asked to prepare a curry inspired signature dish and submit it with recipe and photo to win a feature interview in FOCUS. The winning chef will be invited to partake in the ‘Iron Curry Chef’ against legendary local Indian chefs during the festival. Entry details can be found online.

See you at Oz Berries Curryfest!

This article was published in issue 30 of Coffs Coast Focus

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