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The Pako Festa is an amazing multicultural event
This will be Victoria's biggest free celebration of cultural diversity with as many as 43 different cultures!
The 2019 theme is 'Generations' and at the Pako Festa you can expect to see a street parade, eat wonderful food, see live performances and attend workshops and exhibitions. The Pako Festa street parade will start at 11.00 am and have bright colours, lots of movement and creativity from around the globe. The Pako Festa will be on Saturday 23rd February 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm at 153 Pakington Street, Geelong.
THE PAKO STORY The Pako Festa began in 1983 when the Ethnic Communities Council Inc. teamed with the Geelong West Traders and the Geelong West City Council. They had an idea for a community-based party that would celebrate the region's diverse cultural communities.
Since then, a lot has changed naturally! The very first Pako had about 12,000 visitors and in 2017, more than 100,000 people attended. They had the street parade in which 5,000 people took part and there were many performers.
Nowadays the festival is organised by Diversitat and has grown into Victoria's largest free multi-arts and cultural party. Pako is still about the community and is led by the community. The event celebrates the incredible contribution of individuals, cultural groups and multicultural communities in Geelong and across Australia.
THE EVENT There will be about 60 groups performing across six stages on the day. You can check out the performers at this link.
There will also be many additional food vans who will round off the festival offerings, including gozleme, Hare Krishna food, Italian arancini, Spanish paella and tiramisu.
Perhaps you have not tried some of these foods before? Now is your chance to do so and you will almost be able to imagine you are in another country! Or if you are not quite so adventurous, or for the children, there will be heaps of options from hot potatoes to salads, slices, pies and pastries.
There will also be some local Pako food vendors such as:
Nordenfine Ice Cream
Some of the cultural foods available from the local cultural communities in 2019 include:
NEW Nepalese: butter chicken, chicken wings and Nepalese sweet 'Ladu
NEW Hungarian: chicken and veal schnitzel rolls and a selection of traditional sweets
NEW Pakistani: lamb Biryani
Iranian: chicken, lamb and beef kebabs
Slovenian: BBQ Kranjski sausages with sauerkraut and onions
Assorted cakes including walnut roll, apple strudel and Streusel cake
Dutch: traditional croquettes and doughnuts
Russian: Blini (pancakes), Piroshki (potato and meat), Golubtsi (cabbage rolls) and cakes
Filipino: popular "Inihaw" (pork skewers)
Indonesian: Rendang, chicken curry, Cap cay (vegetarian stir fry), curry puffs and chicken satay
Macedonian: Kebapi: mincemeat skinless sausages, cabbage salad, pastries: cheese and spinach, plus a selection of traditional Macedonian desserts
Croatian: Chevapi rolls, Raznjici roll (diced pork with herbs and spices), cabbage rolls and a selection of traditional cakes and sweet pancakes
Greek: lamb Souvlaki and traditional Greek sweets, including baklava
Serbian Youth: homemade pastries filled with cheese, meat and onion and a sweet version with cherries. Cevapi and Kransky in bread rolls. Cabbage rolls filled with meat stuffing. And for something sweet, baklava and Serbian doughnuts
Serbian Parish: Cevape spicy skinless sausages, Gibanica Filo pastry
Bosnian: Cevapi skinless sausages and Pita pie with either meat, cheese or, cheese and spinach
Ukrainian: corn on the cob
Polish: Pierogi (meat and vegetarian options), Bigos, Kopytka (Polish gnocchi) and doughnuts
French: French sweets and pastries
For more information on this event, please click on this link.