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Published August 7th 2018
Fabulous food and so much more at any of these festivals
Ethnic festivals are generally very interesting. I love to learn about other cultures and particularly like to try their foods. This is a list which will give you a choice of ethnic festivals to go to and most of them are FREE!

Come along for a family fun day at Queen Victoria Market and live the vibrancy of Ukrainian culture and tasty food. There will be an all-day concert program, including dance and choir performances.

The Ukranian food stalls will have traditional varenyky, borsch (beetroot soup), holubtsi (cabbage rolls) and lots of sweets and cakes. You can also have a drink at the themed Cossack bar where you can sample some Ukrainian vodka, Lvivs'ke beer and Aps cider.

This exciting event will also feature an Easter egg painting demonstration and workshops about traditional arts and crafts. Or why not buy Ukrainian goods, including books, embroidered blouses, arts and crafts?

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Sunday 9th September 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free entry
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In Turkish culture, sofra is a small round table where people sit to share stories, food and coffee. The Sofra Festival will have these items in a celebration at the Immigration Museum. Here visitors will be able to experience the tastes, colours and sounds of Turkey through music, dance, food, arts and crafts, workshops, lectures, and cultural displays.

You will be able to eat some gozleme, which is nowadays a traditional Melbourne food!

You can taste the authentic Turkish delight and baklava, which are sweets. If you are a real coffee lover, you can watch how they prepare authentic Turkish coffee processed on a hot bed of sand.

There will be entertainment all day long on the stage. Performances will include:

the colourful Australian Ottoman Mehter Band
the first Ottoman-style marching band outside Turkey
folklore groups
workshops will provide information about traditional arts, and foods

The entertainment at this festival is all free and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Gozleme - savoury pancake

Where: Immigration Museum, 400-424 Flinders Street
When: Sunday 16th September 2018, from 11 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free entry
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Australia's biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration returns to Melbourne. Here you will get a traditional Bavarian festival and great beer!

Oktoberfest in the Gardens features Melbourne's largest heated beer hall. As well as this there will be authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and a mix of entertainment and competitions. All this will be held across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening. There will be a large selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and a range of other beverages.

Tickets to Oktoberfest in the Gardens include a commemorative event stein (550 ml).

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds (Gate 1, Epsom Rd), Ascot Vale
When: Saturday, 13th October 2018, from 2 pm to 10 pm
Cost: $55 to $70
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The Diwali Festival is a magical journey through India with a vibrant program as follows:
Indian cinema
Bollywood dances
Craft and dance workshops
Traditional henna painting
The Diwali Wish pavilion
The beat of Indian and African drums
A bustling multicultural bazaar
Delicious Indian cuisine
Fireworks display on the Yarra

You will also be able to meet and greet AFL players and there will be interactive, fun activities for all ages. Federation Square will be decorated in pink to support Pink Ribbon. This, of course, raises the awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation, so come dressed in pink to support this worthwhile cause!

Where: Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets,
When: Saturday 3rd November 2018, from noon to 10 pm
Cost: Free entry
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India and Italy are two great countries which are full of artistic and cultural riches. They will be creating a fascinating mixture of music, art and much more at the Carnevale 2018! Come along to an extravagant gala that is all that the Carnevale is, mixed with this year's theme of Bollywood.

Where: The Peninsula Docklands, 14 161 Harbour Esplanade,
When: Sunday 4th November 2018, from 7 pm to late
Cost: $395 including 3 course meal, and all drinks
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The Polish Festival is a celebration of Polish culture in Melbourne. It is Australia's largest annual Polish not-for-profit community event. Here there will be Polish entertainment and food all in the one place. The festival's aim has always been to bring "a taste of Poland to Melbourne".

Their aim is to bring about a little bit of the Polish in every one who visits this Festival, which is in its 14th year.

Where: Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
When: Sunday 18th November 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Free entry
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Why? For a choice of cultural Festivals including food
When: From September to November, 2018
Where: Around Melbourne
Cost: Varies - see article
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