Showcasing Albanian culture like no other event

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AN EVENT NOT TO MISS… From left (back), Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival organiser, Reg Qemal, event fruit stall organiser, Safet Kutrolli, treasurer, Adam Perona, president, Enver Sabri, committee member, Shane Sali, local orhardist, Rahman Kutrolli and festival committee member, Karen Chuz Resul. (Front), 4-year-old Johnnie Perona. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
AN EVENT NOT TO MISS… From left (back), Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival organiser, Reg Qemal, event fruit stall organiser, Safet Kutrolli, treasurer, Adam Perona, president, Enver Sabri, committee member, Shane Sali, local orhardist, Rahman Kutrolli and festival committee member, Karen Chuz Resul. (Front), 4-year-old Johnnie Perona. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A CELEBRATION of food, family, culture, music and community is set to once again take over the Shepparton Showgrounds, when the 2019 Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival kicks off.

Following on from the fantastic success of last year, shown by the festival being the recipient of the Greater Shepparton and Shepparton Community Event of the Year award at the 2019 Australia Day Awards, the event will run on Sunday, March 24 with entertainment starting from 11am.

Festival Committee member, Reg Qemal said, “The event showcases the Albanian culture and entertains audiences with traditional Albanian food, music and dancing, along with a fruit and vegetable market that offers produce grown and packed by local farmers.

“Supported by the Shepparton Albanian Women’s Committee, Shepparton Show Me and Greater Shepparton City Council, this event has been recognised by the Australian Albanian consulate general.

“There is also a raffle at a cost of just $5 where entrants have the chance to win a trip to Albania.

“It takes a whole village to put this event on. We have our committee and on the day we have up to 50 volunteers and without them we wouldn’t have a festival.

“The event has grown so much over the years. We have visitors that come from across the country including from Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, which goes to show how popular it has become.”

Entry is by gold coin donation. For further information, visit www.sheppartonalbaniansociety.org or find ‘Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival’ on Facebook.