The World Curry Festival is back for its second year, after a hugely successful debut in 2015. This year the festival will be running over three days between the 8th and 10th of July. Unfortunately last year's event was hampered by bad weather, with a snowy cold snap predicted on the advertised dates. The event was rescheduled for the following week and thankfully the crowds followed. Canberrans rugged up in their warmest jackets and braved the cold to enjoy delicious curries from all around the world.
This year will be bigger and better with even more stalls and smells wafting though the Civic that will waken up your nostrils and keep you coming back for more. Are you finding the weather chilly this year? Then get to the World Curry Festival to warm up - from the inside!
Wander the stalls and choose from a variety of curries and multicultural delights from India, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Africa, Malaysia and Thailand. You can ask for it mild or steam-out-your-ears hot. If you have kids, introduce them to a variety of multicultural tastes and delicious breads, including the ever popular naan. Watch cooking demonstrations and take home a few tips to recreate the delicious curries at home. After you have tasted delicacies from around the world, why not check out some of the desserts and sweet treats on offer. Also check with local ice-cream alchemist Fruggii to find out what authentic curry ice-cream he has created for 2016. The joy of the World Curry Festival is having all these beautiful and exotic flavours all in the one place to try and discover — and then go back for more.
Enjoy live entertainment and multicultural performances around the markets, with something new to experience at every turn. Watch dancers swirl around in an array of colour and celebrate the cultural diversity that makes up this city. If you have travelled to some of the African, Asian or European countries featured, it will bring back memories of your trip and remind your tastebuds what they are missing. If you are visiting from overseas or hail from any of these beautiful countries, then it will be a celebration of food and culture to immerse back into. If you have never tried a curry, the World Curry Festival 2016 will be an introduction like no other.
With the success earlier in the year of the Multicultural Festival in the same location, with a whopping 280,000 people in attendance, it proves that Canberra enjoys experiencing food from all around the world in this multicultural city. Take some time to talk to the vendors, watch a demonstration and buy some spices to take home and cook with yourself. Take a walk around the stalls and see food products and wares that you can't buy anywhere else. With so much on offer over the three days, why not go back every day and try something new!
Shop for authentic wares at the markets. Source: In The City Facebook
This year's World Curry Festival surely couldn't have bad-weather-luck two years in a row, however check the organisers In The City Facebook page for the latest news before the event. To ensure you don't miss out on any of the action, check out the schedule of the festival here before you go.
The World Curry Festival is a highlight of the winter calendar in Canberra. Where else can you taste your way around the world in one place and celebrate with the community. So wrap yourself up in your warmest jacket, pull on your thickest beanie and head on into the city to try some hot curries - then take it all off again as you start to warm up with delicious and joyful curry heat.