Food, frivolity, fireworks at Numurkah festival

By Ashlea Witoslawski

The streets of Numurkah will be full of food, fun and festivities for three days this week.

Celebrating 10 years, the Numurkah Foodbowl Festival will showcase local food producers, encourage the community to get involved and welcome all for old-time town-wide frivolity.

The fun kicks off on Friday night with an official community launch and 10th birthday party, including a free family-friendly movie screening of Paddington 2 at 8pm. A fireworks display will follow at 10pm.

Saturday will include the Numurkah Lions lakeside market, ukulele workshops and the weekend’s centre-piece: the Melville St Festivities and community celebrations.

An abundance of street food, fashion and craft will be on offer.

There will also be live entertainment and local boutique beverages available.

Attendees are encouraged to wave to participants in the street parade from 2pm along Melville St.

The festivities continue on Sunday with free fishing at Lake Numurkah, a bush dance at Numurkah Town Hall and the Long Slow Brunch cooked by The Butlers Pantry.

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival director Jamie Lea said the festival was working towards being more sustainable each year, improving on waste reduction and recycling.

This year a ‘‘green team’’ will include volunteers helping educate visitors about their waste and recycling.

There will also be the opportunity to hire plates, cutlery and cups for a gold coin donation at the local kindergarten.

‘‘We’re hoping to slowly but surely change the mindset of our attendees by starting small, doing it right and doing it well,’’ Ms Lea said.

The Numurkah Foodbowl Festival is on from Friday, October 19, to Sunday, October 21.

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