The Swan Festival of Lights (SFOL) has become a key event on the Perth cultural calendar and each year it attracts a crowd of over 25,000 people who even come from overseas and interstate and from the many diverse communities that live in Perth and Western Australia over its three day duration!
It is known as Deepavali and it symbolises the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
There are apparently many mythological explanations surrounding this festival, and SFOL believe that it stands for the "reaffirmation of hope; a renewed commitment to friendship; religious tolerance; and a celebration of the joys of life through the presentation of Indian fine arts and culture to the public of Western Australia".
It also promotes Western Australia's multiculturalism by putting on performing artists of a very high quality, and even in the Indian community in Western Australia, this event is an important one.
SFOL is managed by the Annalakshmi on the Swan and the Saraswati Mahavidyalaya Institute Inc. who are a not for profit endorsed charity and are run by volunteers.
ANNALAKSHMI Annalakshmi on the Swan is a restaurant which has been serving genuine Indian vegetarian cuisine for over ten years now. Annalakshmi is an alcohol free restaurant with a unique concept encouraging volunteers to serve patrons with the motto, "Guest is God" (Athithi Devo Bhava).
At Annalakshmi the guests pays what his/her heart feels! This enables the generosity of some people to provide for those less fortunate people,and this is therefore done through the services of Annalakshmi. All the food is prepared by experienced vegetarian cooks who are dedicated to this type of food, and the food is therefore of excellent quality.
Annalakshmi On the Swan believe in healthy eating and they also hold cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and talks on health and wellness.
There will be mouth watering meals, sweets, and drinks brought to this festival by Annalakshmi on the Swan. Some of the snacks/meals include:
$2 per piece or $5 for 3 pieces
This is a milk-based sweet dipped in sugar syrup spiced with cardamom and saffron. These are delicious and a sweet that I have every time I eat Indian!
$3.00 a serve, this is savoury crisps made from besan flour, rice flour dough, lightly spiced, piped through a special mould and fried to a crisp.
$3.00 a serve, these are ribbon shaped and cut savoury crisps lightly spiced, piped through a special mould and once again, fried to a crisp
VADAI AND CHUTNEY
$5.00 a serve, this is a deep-fried savoury spiced doughnut made with lentils and rice flour, and served with mint chutney.
$3.00 each, this one is a vegetable and onion fritter served with chutney.
$3.00 each, this is masala roasted potatoes in a deep-fried pastry shell.
$3.00 each, these are crispy deep-fried filo pastry filled with Marsala roasted potatoes.
NORTH INDIAN STREET FOOD
The North Indian street food is an assortment of crisp, salted tastes, sprinkled with various spiced powders and topped with different chutneys and a dash of yogurt. These include:
These are unique South Indian lentil savoury crepes served with chutney and a vegetable dhal and you can have them either as a plain dosa, or a Marsala dosa.
Uttapum with mixed vegetables
$10.00 and this is a rice flour pancake topped with mixed vegetables and chutney.
RICE & ASIAN DELIGHTS
Pilau Rice Combo
$10.00 and this is an Indian spiced rice served with mint yogurt.
Vegetarian Nasi Lemak
$10.00 and this is a coconut rice served with a tofu chilli sambal, green beans and peanuts.
Supreme Court Gardens
From the 13th to the 15th October, 2017
From 4.30 pm daily
THE SWAN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY, SMOKE AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENT
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
As the Festival is located fairly close to the Elizabeth Quay Station, and Elizabeth Quay Ferry Terminal, you will be able to access it from these places. Transperth will have buses, trains and ferries operating all weekend.
Bus & Train
Elizabeth Quay Station
William St The Esplanade Blue Cat
Barrack Sq Barrack Square Blue Cat
St Georges Terrace Stand T (after Sherwood Ct)
Elizabeth Quay Ferry Terminal
Make note of this date and don't miss out on this great event.