Every year for the last eleven years, thousands of people have converged on the beautiful seaside village of Woolgoolga. They are drawn from near and far to honour the unique cultural heritage, music and cuisine of the area in a celebration known as “Curryfest”.
Curryfest celebrates Woolgoolga’s unique Punjabi heritage. It began as a community celebration but has grown into a newsworthy tourist attraction. International and interstate visitors join with people from all over NSW and lots of locals to dance in the street and enjoy an event which has grown to encompass lead up events as well as a huge festival day.
The Curryfest Festival results in the picturesque wide main streets of the town closing to traffic and being lined with over 150 food and market stalls. The whole town gets behind the event with local retailers hosting special sales, participating in “Tastes of Woolgoolga” restaurant nights, offering special accommodation discounts and hosting stalls. Curry is central but other international cuisines are also featured.
The beach reserve, which overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean, is ringed with food and market stalls and tables and chairs are placed throughout the space to allow families to chill out and eat the wondrous curries and other special foods on offer. A cooking demonstration tent provides additional entertainment with a program of chefs showing off their skills.
There is a dedicated Kids Zone, where rides, activities and entertainment keep the young and young at heart occupied all day. The community spirit is strong in this little town, local yoga teachers and Indian healers’ share knowledge and expertise free of charge all day in the Yoga & Meditation zone where those seeking their “dhyana” (zen) can visit for as long as they want.
Woolgoolga is set to become a food destination as the latest culinary event, Eat Street, gets plated up.
The first Eat Street will be served up on the weekend after Curryfest.
The inaugural Eat Street will follow the Indian theme of Curryfest, plus there will be numerous other food trucks and vendors all serving their delicious foods, whilst lining the street.
Local Market Street restaurants, Rustic Mezedes, Ground Earth, Taemi Sushi and Singhan Da Dhaba will also all be open and out on the street.
In addition to the food offerings, local wineries Two Tail Wines and other craft breweries will be on hand selling beverages.
And make sure you check out the 1950’s Red Chevvy serving sensational mocktails.
It’s celebrating multiculturalism in Woolgoolga.
Eat Street will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 5-10pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.
Curryfest is now a week long event, commencing with the Bollywood movies on Friday 22nd of September, Saturday Curryfest on the 23rd and finishing with the inaugural Eat Street on the Saturday 30th.
For more information: https://www.curryfest.com.au