Spice it up at the Woolgoolga Curryfest

14 April 2014

The Woolgoola Curryfest will spice up Coffs Harbour in April with food, music and entertainment.

After a two week lead-in of cultural events from 11 April, Woolgoolga will celebrate the Punjabi heritage of many local residents with Curryfest on 26 April, 2014.

This beautiful Coffs Harbour village is home to a large Sikh population whose ancestors built the town after travelling to the North Coast around the time of Australian Federation.

The celebrations begin with the Spice It Up! Art Exhibition at the Woolgoolga Art Gallery on Friday 11 April. The event features local artists and the $5 entry fee includes a light supper. Purchase your favourite artwork or vote for it in the People’s Choice Awards.

The Vaisakhi Parade will continue the festivities on Saturday, 12 April from 10am. Traditionally, the Vaisaki Festival is an annual religious celebration calling Sikhs to give thanks and share goodwill. In Woolgoolga, the parade will tour from the temple, through town and along Beach Street, then back to the temple. Experience the vibrancy as women in coloured saris and men in traditional turbans parade alongside drummers, musicians and sword displays.

Watch a traditional Kabaddi tournament at Centennial Oval on Sunday, 13 April. The sport is a cross between rugby and wrestling and is extremely popular in the Pubjab area of India. Discover more Indian culture at the Dhoom Dhamaal Dinner Dance, in an evening filled with Indian food, music, dancing and entertainment on Saturday, 19 April.

Woolgoolga will be awash with colour for the main day of Curryfest on Saturday, April 26, as the town centre fills with more than 100 food and market stalls. Unwind in the Yoga and Meditation Zone with the guidance of local yoga teachers and healers, or stretch out on a blanket in the beach reserve’s Chillout Zone, an ideal spot to enjoy the entertainment on the Community Stage. One lucky Curryfest attendee will win a free return ticket to India compliments of Air India.

Cheer on India versus the rest of the world as Curryfest celebrations draw to a close with the Curry Cup Cricket Match at Centennial Oval Sunday, 27 April.

Book your Woolgoolga accommodation and immerse yourself in Indian culture in this beautiful seaside town.