Curryfest a hit

THE taste of India was served up in lavish style at Woolgoolga with the Curryfest crowd estimated to have topped 8000 people on Saturday.

Celebrating the town’s Sikh Indian heritage and the fine cuisine of the sub-continent, the food festival is now synonymous with Woopi after five years of growing success.

The near record crowd, came, saw and conquered a mountain of mouth-watering Indian cuisine.

Scattered showers fell during the day but organisers say they had little impact on the success of the event.

“This was without a doubt our pinnacle year,” festival founder Jo Forrest said.

“It showed we have got the formula right for so many people to have turned out even though the startlingly sunny weather we had hoped for didn’t last all day.

“Overall, we had 75 stalls, 70 per cent of which served curry and other Indian food.

“We made 50 kilos of curry to stock our stall, and most other food stalls would have prepared just as much, so yes, tonnes of curry was served up.”

Added to the mix was a touch of Bollywood, with crowds treated to colorful Punjabi music and dance.

A pinch of town pride capped off the day, with organisers again thankful that local people continue to give Curryfest their strong support.

Having started out in Woolgoolga’s town centre in 2005, Curryfest moved to the beachside reserve three years ago and the committee says that’s where it will remain.

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