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Curryfest to be held in Australia

PTI  Melbourne, April 02, 2014
First Published: 14:20 IST(2/4/2014) | Last Updated: 14:22 IST(2/4/2014)

Vibrant Punjabi culture and spicy Indian curries will be the highlight of an annual festival at a small sea-side village in Australia that has been an early centre of Sikh migration.

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The event in Woolgoolga in New South Wales has gained popularity in the last eight years, specially in the backdrop of the fast growing Indian population in Australia.

Woolgoolga has a large Sikh population.

"We had some 10,000 people who participated in this event and this year its going to be of similar numbers," Pam Fayle of the Curryfest told PTI.

Over 100 food stalls selling curries from India and other parts of the globe would be included in this year's festival.

Other highlights include Kabbadi tournament, cricket match, Spice Up art exhibition, Vaisakhi parade, and Dhoom Dhamal dinner dance.

However, the main event remains the Curryfest where one can enjoy all sorts of Indian curries.

"Our main event will be Curryfest which will be held on April 26th and we have over 100 food stalls," Fayle said, adding, the community with small population of 5000 people has already made a mark in the tourism sector.

"We had people visiting from Korea last year to see this place and event," she said.

Woolgoolga has gained immense popularity for showcasing the oldest history of Sikh community here which can be traced back to over 70 years.

The first Sikh settlers came here in 1940s and worked as labourers on the banana fields.

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