The first will be a spicy night with the 2012 Sri Lankan Food Festival to be held at St Andrews Uniting Church hall on November 10.
Sri Lankan Australians are the 16th largest ethnic group with many residing in Victoria. Forty-two Sri Lankan families call Bendigo home.
Bendigo Sri Lankan Festival president Deeptha Wicramarathne said most of his compatriots work in the health sector and the advent of the new Bendigo hospital will bring more Sri Lankan families to Bendigo.
“We hope the food festival will increase awareness of our group and we want to showcase our culture by sharing some delicious traditional cuisine and music,” Deeptha said.
“Thirteen different dishes will be prepared by well-known Melbourne Sri Lankan chef, Fredrick Money.
“The food is prepared with a variety of herbs and spices unique to Sri Lanka and will inlcude traditional curries, rice dishes, salads and desserts and our local Sri Lankan band Hits will accompany the meal.
“It is their first public appearance, they play traditional Sri Lankan music and will play some English covers from the 60s and 70s as well,” he said.
“To assist with catering, no tickets will be available at the door on the night, so please pre-book.”
Tickets for the festival are $25 for adults and $15 for children (three to 10 years) available from Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, 120 McCrae street, Bendigo Phone 5441 6644.
- Vicki Harrington