The Maitland component of the Slow Food Movement has quickened its pace to take centre stage at the city’s annual multicultural festival.
The Riverlights Multicultural Festival has partnered with Slow Food Hunter Valley to bring a host of interactive cooking demonstrations to next month’s event.
“Sharing food knowledge is one of the great benefits of living in a multicultural community,” Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster said.
“And we are proud to support the Riverlights Festival because it celebrates food and cultural diversity, promotes taste education and the sharing of knowledge.”
Founded by food activist Carlo Petrini in the small northern Italian town of Bra in 1986, the Slow Food movement’s initial aim was to support and defend good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
The concept has since broadened its sights to embrace the quality of life and the survival of our planet but remains committed to protecting traditional and sustainable quality foods, primary ingredients, conserving methods of cultivations and processing and defending the biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties.
As part of this year’s festival, community representatives from Korea, Germany, Japan, Sri Lanka and Northern India will make traditional dishes and demonstrations will be held in the community kitchen.
Festival goers will be able to sample Hungarian langosh, Jamaican jerk chicken, beef empanadas, Turkish gozeleme and Spanish churros.
“There is a great program planned for this year’s event, in addition to the cooking demonstrations there will be world music, dance and performance,” Maitland City Council’s community planner Johanna Whelan said.
“There will also be an opportunity to race a real dragon boat, dance in the lantern parade and watch the iconic night lantern flotilla down the Hunter River.”
The Riverlights Multicultural Festival will be held in the Riverside Car Park (also known as Galton’s Car Park) on Saturday, October 11, from 3pm until 10pm.