Goulburn Multicultural Festival is happening next weekend on Saturday, February 23 in Belmore Park.
This is our biggest annual celebration featuring music, dancers, market stalls and a great selection of multicultural street foodstalls.
The festival has become very popular with Goulburn residents and with the many people who travel from Sydney, Canberra and the region to enjoy the entertainment and food.
The initial festival was held in 2005 with less than 30 people around the Belmore Park Rotunda.
The festival has now grown to an audience of well over 2,000 with around 200 people singing and dancing on stage throughout the day
This year there are over 20 performances including Bollywood, Scottish, Mexican, African, Pacific Islands, Filipino, Colombian, Indonesian, Chilean and Irish.
The festival will also feature several bellydance groups, as well as a special guest appearance of the Chinese lion leading a procession of drummers and dancers through the park.
The festival is truly a fun day for families, many spending the day under the shady trees of Belmore Park while enjoying the variety of entertainment and food on offer.
Street food includes Italian wood-fired pizzas, Greek treats, Chinese dumplings, Indian samosas, Russian food, Canadian Poutine, Turkish kebabs/gozleme, and a great choice of Filipino sweets, local cakes, fudges, pancakes, ice creams and fairy floss.
There is also a variety of burgers, meat skewers, milk shakes and the popular twisted chips.
The Goulburn Multicultural Centre organises the festival annually in partnership with Goulburn Mulwaree Council.
It is a true community effort with lots of local volunteers contributing their time.
I am particularly proud to see all the Goulburn people who come together to make this such a successful festival each year.
Everyone is welcome so please come along and enjoy the festival. Attendance is free.