Festival Call Out for Cuisines and Culture

Here’s your chance to play a part in one of the Central Highlands’ biggest events of the year.

Central Highlands Multicultural Festival is accepting applications for food stall holders, performers and volunteers for the 2016 event, which will take place on Saturday 27 August at the Emerald Showgrounds.

“The mainstay of the festival is its eclectic mix of global foods from Boerewors to Biko, Pavlovas to Poffertjes, Bulgogi to Bratwurst, Massaman to Mumu, as well as the best dance troupes, instrumentalists and vocalists from around the Central Highlands,” festival coordinator Kymberlee Senior says.

“But to deliver an event of this nature, we need our incredibly diverse and talented community to put up their hand and say ‘we want to be involved’.”

Proudly hosted by the Central Highlands Regional Council and Central Highlands Development Corporation with support from major sponsor BMA, the festival is all about celebrating the many different cultures that contribute to the region’s prosperity and vibrancy.

“It’s really about sharing – sharing food, sharing art and culture – sharing common values,” Ms Senior says.

Ms Senior welcomes the opportunity to work with those interested in being involved to develop their ideas.

“We are very supportive of individuals and groups wanting to be involved and offer guidance where needed. Sometimes it’s just been a matter of someone saying, ‘look I’ve got this idea’ and things go from there. For us it’s about fostering the amazing resources we have in our community, its people, and their creativity and commitment.”

The festival itself continues to grow in size, from the inaugural event in 2005, which attracted 1,200 patrons to 7,000 in 2015. It is now the largest one day festival in the Central Highlands region.

Further details on the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival are available on this website chmfestival.com.au. Alternatively, contact festival coordinator, Kymberlee Senior on mobile. 0429 313 032.

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