Woolgoolga Curryfest 2009 serves up some tasty treats.
Woolgoolga Curryfest 2009 serves up some tasty treats. Coffs Coast Advocate

Curryfest ready for a spicy return

CURRYFEST will 'without a doubt' be back next year, says committee secretary Joanne Forrest.

“Curryfest is an institution now,” Mrs Forest told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

The committee has yet to finalise a count on numbers through the gate but said that between 10,000 and 12,000 people attended the day-long festival on Monday, despite poor weather.

“We were absolutely gobsmacked,” Mrs Forest said about the crowd numbers.

“I'm astounded by the community support,” committee member Gillian Sward added.

“I think it was a great community day.”

Mrs Sward said that there was a large Sikh community contingent at the event, both from Woolgoolga and from many who stayed on in the area after the Sikh Games.

“We were blown away by the crowd,” BEP event manager Rowland Moye said.

“I think it was fantastic.

“Could have been a disastrous day but came good in the end.”

Mr Moye said that the sponsorship was fantastic for the event.

Curryfest attendees should now keep an eye on the television to see the documentary on SBS as a part of a 10-part special.

ABC was also at the event, filming a segment for Compass.

The day itself was officially opened by local politicians Luke Hartsuyker and Andrew Fraser, and Keith Rhoades, John Arkan and chamber of commerce president Greg Ray.

John Arkan gave the audience a history of clothing worn by Sikhs, as well as a turban demonstration.

Mr Arkan then adorned both Andrew Fraser and Luke Hartsuyker with turbans to celebrate the multiculturalism found within the Woolgoolga community.

Curryfest is like no other festival in Australia as it celebrates the harmony between the Sikh culture and the wider Woolgoolga community.



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