Queanbeyan Carnivale – Multicultural Festival 2017

Are you having cultural food withdrawals since the National Multicultural Festival that happened a few weeks ago? Or did you miss out on some delicious Hungarian fried Lángos bread that your blogger friend keeps raving about? Then I have some good news, Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival is happening this Sunday 5th March!

Here are some photos that were taken from the National Multicultural Festival this year, they might not all be at Queanbeyan this Sunday but the Lángos man told me he certainly will be!

Top left to right – Portuguese tart, Hungarian Lángos bread, Greek loukoumades

Middle left to right – Lithuanian dumplings, Spanish pork ribs and octopus, Greek salt and feta balls

Bottom left to right – Filipino Pork BBQ, German currywurst, German Bratwurst

Below is information that was taken from their websitewebsite.

“Vibrant, diverse and energetic” wonderfully describe the Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival, which has grown to become one of the most loved events on the local calendar.

The festival delivers a culturally packed program featuring live performances, community activities and informational stalls. Delivered in partnership between the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre the event attracts between 4000-6000 people from NSW and interstate.

Now in its 10th year, in recent years some of the highlights have included high energy African dancers, traditional Maori shows, the very energetic Macedonian Dance Troupe, the majestic Egyptian Folkloric Dancers, the colour and movement of Mexico Lindo, and stunning Belly Dancers.

The event attracts international performers to wow crowds and delight new audiences, while the street food brings pleasure to any foodie and quells any rumbling tummies. In short, people come for the performances but stay for the food and free family activities, the dancing and all round warm feeling that is this multicultural community!

Set amongst the iconic, lush green trees of Queanbeyan Park, the event is a relaxed day out for all the family. As the culture in Australia has changed, the delivery of this event has continued to evolve. A proud moment in 2016 was the announcement of Queanbeyan as a Refugee Welcome Zone. This zone means that Queanbeyan is committed to welcoming refugees into their community.This year the Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival is going to party like never before as we celebrate 10 years of ‘culture, food, and harmony’ on 5 March 2017 – ALL WELCOME.

I hope the rain stays away. I want to eat some Lángos! Will I see you there?

Location: Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia

Date: 5th March 2017

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Multicultural festival 2017

I have found that there is usually a dominant stall during the Multicultural festival (17-19th Feb), previous years it has been Thai satay skewers, gozleme, Himalayan momos and Peruvian food. This year when I strolled around for 5 hours during the festival’s first night, I found that if you put a skewer on it… They will come.

Unfortunately I didn’t find too many stalls selling meat on a stick (although there are Peruvians selling beef heart on a stick down near Myer), but there are multiple stores of chips on a stick with varying names, corn on a stick, waffles on a stick, chorizo and halloumi on a stick and doughnuts on a stick.

If skewered items aren’t your thing, I have a little summary of other items that might take your interest.


The most refreshing non-alcoholic beverage: Otai, although there are slight variations between stalls. Most of the Polynesian island stalls are in front of the Canberra theatre.

Old favourite: Dutch Poffertjes ($10.00) stall is in front of Nespresso this year. There are other Dutch pancakes around but this one is the best. Our topping suggestion would be maple syrup and ice cream.I’ll be hunting down: Taiwanese gua bao. I hope they have them today!

New and exciting: Colombian – I don’t know if they were around previous years but last night we ate multiple chicken chorizo arepas ($10.00). We didn’t love the bread it was served on as we found it a bit hard but we loved the sausage and salsa!Best value: Iranian stall (right near the fountain), they have delicious chicken pieces, tender beef with rice and bottled water for $10 bucks.The Iranians cook huge skewers.Festival essentials: The Hungarians (Saturday only), they do a fantastic sausage and an amazing bread called lángos. If you find them, let me know.

My photo of delicious langos from previous years.20140208-135500.jpgInteresting suggestion: One of my favourite food bloggers The Food Avenue suggested that I try the Ecuadorian octopus ceviche (near the carousel), I might check that out today.

 

More stalls come out on Saturday, so I’m excited to hit up the festival again today. Will I see you there?

Multicultural festival mania 2012

——-11/02/2012——-

Across the body bag so it doesn’t get in the way of eating- check

Camera for photos- check

A bright moo moo so people can spot me and it won’t matter how much I eat- check

I think I’m ready for the Multicultural festival!

The Multicultural festival runs over three days with cultural displays, food and dancing from around the world but the day where most things are open for display/eating is Saturday!

So after 8.5 hours of participating in one of the highly anticipated events of the year, what did I eat? Well I usually meet up with different friends throughout the day so no one really knows how much I really eat but I’ll share my secret with you guys. 

I started off my day at Lithuanian dumplings stand- pork and veal dumplings topped with sour cream and bacon. Oh so good! Too bad they had sold out of dumplings during my third time around the world. This definitely filled a void for me as I usually love Russian dumplings, where they have tiny pork dumplings topped with sour cream and soy sauce but the Russians didn’t sell dumplings this year! *sad face*

 

Next up- Macedonian Community ACT with kebabs! Nice hot meat on a stick! Timmy nicknames the festival ‘meat on a stick day’, he isn’t wrong.

My friend kindly gave me half of her fish ball from the Sri Lankan stand, it was rather spicy but in a good way- yum!

A fruit salad drink from the Vietnamese stand– by the time we got there the taro drink and rainbow drink had sold out. Fruit salad, jellies and shaved ice topped with syrup and coconut cream was really refreshing.

Tibetan Momos- the ratio of dumpling wrapper to meat was a bit off so I left most of the wrapper uneaten, this girl had more things to eat!

All this food was making me thirsty so I washed it all down with something from the Australian Native cuisine stand- Wild Rosella with pineapple punch. It tasted like a diluted punch with too much ice.

The country with the most numerous stalls this year was the Turkish selling gozleme but apparently there still wasn’t enough because each stall had a really long line.

Chips on a stick! Their first appearance at the Multicultural food festival and it proved to be VERY popular by the looks of their very long line up but I think it was worth the wait (especially if your friends were lining up for you- Thanks Anita and Lis!). They have a variety of salt mixtures that you could choose from, their ‘special salt mix‘ and ‘chilli‘ were really good.

 

Sicilian desserts– it’s hard to believe with so many stalls that I came back here four times! The cream cheese cannolis were soooooo good! The chocolate cannoli fillings looked really glossy and I thought it would be very chocolatey but it was more chocolate flavoured custard. I didn’t dare try the doughnut looking one or rum babas as they looked really filling but when there cream cheese cannolis sold out, we tried a rum baba and wow! They were really really good, the doughy outside was really soft as it was soaked in rum, typing about it now makes me want to have another one.     

We paused our eating for the cultural parade! All the costumes and dancing were beautiful.

Peruvian pancakes- I asked the guy, what makes it Peruvian? He said that the guy making them is Peruvian  and he added that the sauce that has orange and spices is a traditional Peruvian sauce and they coupled it with pancakes this year and it went really well together. It wasn’t particularly ‘orangey’ and the pancake batter seemed heavier than a normal pancake like it was made from buckwheat or something but it was still very nice.

It was starting to get hot, which is great considering it was supposed to rain, so we cooled down with a grape and raspberry slushie but even the slushies were melting fast.

ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc– Chinese pan fried pork dumplings! It doesn’t matter how many dumplings I eat throughout the year, I still come and eat these at the Multicultural festival! There were a lot less Chinese stalls this year, so there weren’t too many choices, but this stand had good dumplings but their zucchini pancake wasn’t too special. My friend bought pineapple tarts but he found them very powdery and slightly dry.

 

For me, this festival is like eating dumplings from around the world. The Taiwanese dumplings (left) were more fried wrapper than anything but the Thai dumplings (right) were nicer with their pork and cabbage filling.

Washing everything down with a mango lassi.

Hungarian standoh how I need to meet Hungarian people who can cook! The longest line I had to wait at (yes even including Greek donuts and Dutch pancakes) was the ‘langos’ line- Hungarian deep fried puffy bread brushed with minced garlic topped with sour cream and shredded cheese… *starts to drool* So worth the wait!

One of my ‘to do’s of the day was to eat at least one sausage (the only exception to my rule of ‘no bread’ during the festival) and although the German sausages were very popular, I’m not the biggest fan of sauerkraut but I do love cheese! The Hungarians win! It was soooooo good!

German sausages are a big highlight for some and my friend was nice enough to let me take a photo of her Bratwurst from the Harmonie German club tent.

The ACT government were handing out free drink bottles where you could fill them up at these funky tap water stations so everyone stayed well dehydrated during the event.

Dutch Pancakes, a Multicultural Festival long time favourite! The lines were long as usual but they were going through the crowd very fast. Maple syrup and ice-cream and lemon juice and icing sugar.

Italian gingerbread men! He is so cute!

The Spanish tent– The churros were a bit disappointing because of the supposed dipping sauce which was more like a hot chocolate, but I did like the prawn skewers! YUM!

Australia-Nepal friendship society Canberra– they had a variety of food but I had to try their Momo (with a home-made sesame and tomato chutney) and their ‘sel roti’ traditional Nepalese doughnut. The sauce was really nice and made it one of the nicest dumplings I had eaten that day. The doughnuts weren’t really sweet but were really dense and I don’t recommend eating it towards the end of the day when you’re getting full.

The line was long but it went through fast, these Greek women knew what they were doing! Loukoumades– light fluffy doughnuts drizzled with honey, they tasted like honey prawns without the prawn.

 

While we were at the Greek stalls, you can go past their lamb skewers! If any can cook lamb well, it’s the Greeks!

Fried banana pie– I had to come back three times before they actually had any and I was slowly getting full but I was happy to come back as they were really friendly at the ‘Learning Filopino Together’ stand. 

While I was waiting at the Filipino stand, my friends wandered over to the Indonesian tent for some ‘meat on a stick’, they said that they satay sauce was really good.

Some people eat their way around the world and then there are those who drink their way around the world. The Multicultural festival brings in imported beers that you don’t usually get and I love all their interesting cans and and impressed with their bigger can sizes.

 

Something that I really wanted to try was the African village curries and Sri Lankan hoppers but I couldn’t dedicated so much of my stomach to one thing, but there’s always next year!

I’m going to have Hungarian sausage and bread/Sicilian dessert/Greek donuts withdrawals for a full year but I can’t wait to do it all over again in 2013!

National Multicultural Festival mania

——-12/02/2011——-

The multicultural food festival is the highlight of the year for any foodie in the area. I spent 9 hours eating my way around the world and don’t have much to show for it. Sorry for the lack of photos, I’m surprised I took any really!

South African stand- next year I’ll try some of this very long sausage that I see every year.

Massive pretzel! Remember to share! Don’t fill up on bread.

Delicious sweets from the Italian desserts stand. One is filled with custard, the other ricotta. MMMMMMMMM, be quick, this stand sells out quick.

The highlight and one of the main reasons why I go to the festival every year. Russian dumplings served with soy sauce and sour cream. So delicious!

Can’t find the Russian stand? Look out for the big matryoshka doll!

I can’t remember which stand I got this from or exactly what it is but I remember it being very very tasty!

Definitely grab a sausage from the German stand, the line is ALWAYS long but worth the wait!

Other highlights that I didn’t get a photo for:

1). Poffertjes dutch pancakes. Though you would have to really want one to stay in line for so long.

2). MoMosHimalayan dumplings. So delicious, though there are two stalls and one is better than the other as it’s less ‘doughy’

3). Pad Thai- it was ok, there is much more exciting food to try though.

4). ChurrosSpanish doughnuts. By the time we got to the front of the line we found out that they ran out of chocolate sauce and only had icing sugar left. Still delicious, will just have to go earlier next year.

5). Gelato– Nice to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

6). Chinese pan fried pork dumplings– oh so delicious! YUM! Went back several times.

Obviously next year’s festival will be much better documented! I’m excited as they have already announced the dates:

10-12th February 2012!

http://www.multiculturalfestival.com.au/

Lots of fun for everyone- entertainment, dancing, art, demonstrations and you can drink you way around the world also! Some stalls sell beer that have been especially imported for the event.