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Blending the cultures while the cricket teams compete
Enjoy Indian food and culture in a three-day free festival. Cricket Australia has partnered with the Victorian Government to host the Indian Summer Festival, in Yarra Park outside the MCG.
And even if you haven't got tickets to the matches, you will be able to watch the test cricket on the big screens.
But even more importantly, this three-day FREE event will celebrate Victoria's vibrant Indian community with a program built upon five shared cultural pillars that unite modern India and modern Melbourne: Food, Music, Art, Film and Cricket.
You will be able to enjoy live music from local and international talent, an exhibition kabaddi match and an open-air cinema showcasing short Bollywood films and music. There will be modern Indian street art painted by Indian and local artists a host of family cricket activities, not to mention some of the best modern Indian food that Australia has to offer.
Guests can enjoy foods from various regions of India, with not only traditional flavours but many modern fusion flavours that reflect the Indian - Australian blend of cultures.
The multi-award winning company, Foodie Trails, is the culinary curator for the festival. As Director Himanshi Munshaw Luhar says, "Indian food is so much more than butter chicken and naan'.
You will find a wide variety of food types on offer, featuring restaurants like Horn Please by Chef Jessi Singh of Babu Jis New York, Aangan an Indian community favourite, Two Fat Indians and Gaja by Sashi, the recent Masterchef winner.
With almost 15 food trucks and stalls at the event, there will be no shortage of dosas, kulfi, chaats, chai, coffee, curries, naan and rice.
The three-day festival is FREE. It is expected to attract locals from all over Victoria, as well as interstate and international visitors.
Whether you are going to the cricket or not this is one Indian festival, you do not want to miss.
The Indian Summer Festival will begin with Bupa Family Day, 23rd of December 2018, with the Australia and India Men's Test teams making an appearance on stage and taking the time to meet with fans.
The festival will continue over days one and two of the Boxing Day Test (26 and 27 December), giving cricket fans and the general public an opportunity to sample all that modern Indian culture has to offer.
The festival will be headlined by international acts Raxstar (UK) and Humble The Poet (Canada), Sydney-based L-FRESH The Lion and Pav Dharia and Melbourne grown Ecca Vandal. The festival will also feature local emerging artists including Manorism, Sahida Apsara & Dub FX.
How to get there:
Jolimont Station - Hurstbridge or South Morang lines.
Richmond Station - Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.