Festive flavours

EXPRESSIONS of interest are now open for community groups that would like to be part of Nyrstar Eat Street in the 2019 Moonah Taste of the World Festival.

All commercial food stallholders will be invited to express their interest in November.

Moonah Taste of the World has grown in size and popularity every year since it started in a Moonah carpark in 2011.

Glenorchy City Council major events officer Pippy Edwards said it had become an annual “must-go to” event in the diaries of festival lovers.

“People are travelling from further afield to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wonderful food, music and activities from around the world,” she said.

“One of the main aims of the festival is to provide opportunities for local communities to not only share the diverse flavours and cultures of their homelands, but also to build their capacity for cooking and selling their wares.”

Glenorchy City Council will provide support, training and equipment to enable communities which otherwise may not be able to participate.

“It is hoped this experience will enable people to attend other festivals and events or even to set up their own business,” Ms Edwards said.

Nirmalee and Lakshman Perera have been participating in the Moonah Taste of the World Festival since 2016.

They have used their grandmother’s recipes for their stall ‘Lucky Sri-Lankan Kitchen.’

“We are passionate about cooking for family and friends and Moonah Taste of the World allows us to share this passion with the whole community,” Nirmalee said.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was very proud of Council’s track record in supporting and enabling community groups.

“The 2018 Festival was the first year that stalls run by community groups and not-for-profits outnumbered commercial food stalls,” she said.

“Council hopes to continue this trend by initially inviting expressions of interest from groups who do not operate their food stalls on a commercial basis.”

The 2019 Moonah Taste of the World Festival will be held at Benjafield Park in Moonah on Sunday 24 March.

If you are interested in participating, visit www.gcc.tas.gov.au.

Expressions of interest will close on Friday 2 November.

Caption: Indonesian Kitchen’s Indri Lindsay and Yati Mijono at the 2018 Moonah Taste of the World Festival.