National Multicultural Festival – A Weekend Adventure

National Multicultural Festival 2015

Canberra is a city that is constantly busy with some event or another. I hardly have the time to keep up.  I have been looking forward to February mainly for two reasons… (1) I fly off to Japan and (2) I get to attend the National Multicultural Festival for the first time! I have heard so much about it over the last few months and couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.

The 2015 National Multiculrural Festival is a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun set in the heart of Canberra. You can read up all details here so I am not going to write about what, when, where and how. What I am going to write about is a few pointers you should keep in mind if you plan to attend the festival tomorrow (Feb 15th) or next year!

  • Make sure you visit the festival with an empty stomach. If you’ve had breakfast, you are not going to have the space to try all you want to try.
  • OK, I am exaggerating. Even with an empty stomach you won’t be able to try everything that is on offer.
  • If you do not want to spend money purchasing water, carry a few bottles in a backpack.
  • Yes, a backpack so that you have your hands free to hold on to beers, kebabs and cannolis!
  • Get your hands on a festival map, so you know exactly where to walk towards if you have a particular stall in mind!
  • Share your food with your partner or friends so you get to try the variety that is spread across a few streets!
  • Don’t bother trying to get a seat to watch performances as it will be taken up by people who come extra early and don’t plan to ever get up!
  • You may think, hey! I’ll carry my own fold-able chair but then you won’t be able to carry all the food you’re going to buy… think about that.
  • Take the free bus if you think finding parking and having to walk a distance would annoy you.
  • If you are full and contented and think its time to go home, don’t leave until you have bought some of the food you thought was super delicious to take home.
  • If you don’t you will regret it! Trust me, I know what I am talking about!
  • Find the complete 2016 entertainment program here.

Here are some of the photos I took with my iPhone before I gave up to concentrate on eating and enjoying the shows.

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Have you ever been to such an elaborate multicultural festival where you were just simply spoilt for choice? No? come to Canberra!


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