PLANNING UNDERWAY: Suggestions are coming in thick and fast for the 10th annual Curryfest.
PLANNING UNDERWAY: Suggestions are coming in thick and fast for the 10th annual Curryfest. Rob Wright

Curryfest plans a hot topic

ADDING elephants and snake charmers and extending festival hours were just some of the suggestions that came to light at the community Curryfest planning meeting last week.

The Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce held the meeting on Wednesday night to get feedback about the event and to consider new ideas ahead of its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Chamber vice president Tegan Ewart said many things were discussed at the informal session, the most important being the proposed date and extended festival hours.

"The ideas came thick and fast on the night," she said, "with everything suggested from elephants and snake charmers, water and beach activities to finding and delivering to Curryfest the most unique and exotic curries from around the globe.

"There were great ideas for more cultural inclusions to celebrate our unique history, including temple and farm tours.

"And more tasting, courses and classes were high on the agenda as well as the return of old favourites, like the Bollywood on the Beach movie night and more tasting opportunities for those who like to sample lots of what's on offer."

The chamber is proposing the main festival day for the 10-year anniversary becomes a two-day event. The dates up for discussion are April 11 and 12, 2015.

Currently under consideration is beginning the festival on the afternoon of Saturday, April 11, after the Vaisahki Parade and continuing into the evening with activities on the reserve as well as entertainment and food and market stalls.

The full day festival would be held on the Sunday in a similar format and layout to the 2014 event.

The session also covered the updated management model for the event.

This would include the introduction of smaller working groups to operate in conjunction with the chamber, and an event manager to lighten the load of the volunteers who offer so much of their time to make the event such a huge success.

Attendees had the opportunity to nominate an area of interest they would like to assist in.

Some of these areas included the Mindfulness and Meditation Zone, Cooking Zone, marketing, finance, grants and sponsorship, stall holders and entertainers, to name but a few.

Ms Ewart said more volunteers were still needed with plenty of spots on the various working groups still available.

"Volunteers are asked to donate a few hours of their time a month in their area of interest or expertise," she said.

The proposed date for the event will be finalised at the next chamber meeting to be held next Tuesday, June 10.

If you would like to offer your input into when Curryfest should be held for 2015 please email or phone Tegan on 0408 494 464 before the meeting.

People interested in volunteering should also contact Tegan. Suggested ideas will be shared via social media.

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