Hungry but happy, people didn’t mind waiting for their tasty treats.
Hungry but happy, people didn’t mind waiting for their tasty treats. LEIGH JENSEN

Festival a hot ticket

BIGGER than ever before, Woolgoolga’s Curryfest organisers say Saturday’s event broke all previous records for the town’s annual celebration of Sikh culture by the seaside.

With more than 11,000 people turning up throughout the day and evening to soak up the food and fun, stallholders were flat out meeting the demands of the hungry crowds.

“Stallholders reportedly had to race home to restock repeatedly during the day,” publicity officer Nicole McLennan said.

“People were lining up all day, but no one seemed to mind waiting because the weather was so glorious.”

Ms McLennan said the entertainment was a great mix of cultures and captured the community spirit perfectly.

“There were the Indian dancers and the Nga Maunga Wairua Maori dancers, who were just fabulous.

“Then there were acts like Juzzie Smith who was bluesy and very popular with the crowd.

“Local band Ebb ’N’ Flo was really well received and Afro Moses was the perfect finale.”

She said having access to the beachfront worked really well for the market stalls and people enjoyed relaxing on the beach.

King of curry, MasterChef’s Jimmy Servai, said the festival “embraced the eclectic mix that makes up Woolgoolga”.

“It’s like one big mix of curry spices,” Mr Servai said.



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