Hassan Berrada cooked up a Morrocan storm.
Hassan Berrada cooked up a Morrocan storm. Bruce Thomas

A hot winter's day in Sawtell

CAPACITY crowds, wonderful weather and sizzling food and entertainment– they all made the Sawtell Chilli Festival a big hit on Saturday.

The massive community response and the hard work of many volunteers contributed to the vibrant atmosphere in 1st Avenue.

Festival co-ordinator Ruth Anne Triebner said it had been a huge day for all concerned, catering for the tastes of the thousands who turned out.

“The weather certainly put on a good show for us. The street was packed all day,” Mrs Triebner said.

“The vendors had a sell-out day so they were happy and the kids got to ride their amusement rides all day for free, so they were happy.

“The festival continued with the Latin Dance Party into the night. That was a great way to end the day and dance out all of that adrenalin.”

Mrs Triebner said the festival had been given the thumbs-up ‘across the board’.

“The community really came together and helped carry it off. That was why it was so successful,” she said.

“The energy is what made it.”

As many as 70 vendors from across the nation converged on the seaside village along with an impressive line-up of musical acts.

“It was really an opportunity for the people of Sawtell to showcase their village and it involved the community with a gold coin donation to help local organisations,” Mrs Triebner said.

“The Sawtell Chamber of Commerce and the Chilli Festival Committee are very, very pleased with how the festival unfolded. It went very, very smoothly and because of that, it lent itself to being a great day.”

The community really came together and helped carry it off. That was why it was so successful.



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