Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Progressive lunch serves up cultural delights

David Lee March 16, 2016
CELEBRATING CULTURES… From left, Shepparton Festival board member, Fiona Smolenaars and Greater Shepparton City Council festival and events officer, Bonnie McIntosh. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CELEBRATING CULTURES… From left, Shepparton Festival board member, Fiona Smolenaars and Greater Shepparton City Council festival and events officer, Bonnie McIntosh. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE Shepparton Festival – Be Consumed is hosting a Progressive Lunch event, celebrating different cultures, different tastes and different food in one progression to a connected community.

This unique event is an extension of the 2015 Living Recipes project that saw recipes from different cultures in the Shepparton community documented and shared.

Project coordinator, Fiona Smolenaars says that food is at the heart of our collective culture.

“We use food as a method to form communities, to draw us together, celebrate and mark special occasions.

“Recipes are often passed down through generations and cultures, sharing memories and tradition, so how timely it is that the Shepparton Festival celebrates its 20th year with a theme of Be Consumed.

“We want the broader Shepparton community to gain an understanding of these cultural rituals through food and discover the full richness of ritualised festive eating.”

Both the Living Recipes and Progressive Lunch projects will be displayed at a shared table at the Converge on the Goulburn event, Saturday, March 19 at Victoria Park Lake.

The Progressive Lunch will embark on a culinary journey to African house to enjoy food from the Burundian/Congolese community, the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) to experience a main meal as it would be served at the Golden Temple in India and finish at the Turkish mosque to enjoy coffee, tea and sweets and a tour of the mosque.

A bus will collect participants from the Shepparton Library at 11am on Friday, March 18 and return at 3pm.

Bookings for the Progressive Lunch can be made by calling Riverlinks on 5832 9511 or by visiting www.riverlinksvenues.com.au. Cost is $25 per person or $20 for concession.