A Tongan Feast
On May 29th our some of local Tongan ladies prepared traditional foods from the Islands. In addition to the food there was a wonderful display of traditional crafts and singing and dancing from the local youth. Check out our recipe brochure for recipes of the day.
A Turkish Delight
Freda from Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council drove 11 Turkish ladies from Mildura to Robinvale to showcase their cuisine. For some, it was the first time they had been to Robinvale and they were so excited to be going somewhere 'different'. They even made Freda drive them around town so they could have a good look at our little town.
Our thanks go to Meryem Doydu, Community Worker from the Sunraysia Turkish Womens' Association for encouraging the ladies to be part of our day.
Click the link to download the recipes of the day.
Cambodian refugees followed the Vietnamese refugees to Australia and Robinvale. They appreciate the quite and safe surroundings of this town and have chosen to stay here permanently.
Through our committee member, Maradine Tep, who came to Australia at the age of 11, we approached Cambodian community who said they would be delighted to share their cooking secrets.
The Cambodians also chose to give an oral and visual account of the reasons behind their migration from a turbulent Cambodia to Australia, and it was quite a shock to some of those who attended to learn about what had happened in Cambodia under Pol Pot's regime.
Download the recipes of Raneth and her friends and recreate some wonderful Asian flavours.
Fabulous Filipino Food
Four local Filipina ladies created the most awesome array of dishes for our Filipino cooking day. The fruit salad dessert was particulary popular with those who attended on the day.
Harmony Day 2011
Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March each year. It's a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. The day is also the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The continuing message for Harmony Day in 2011 is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. It's a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, recognising the traditional owners of this land. It's also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.
To celebrate Harmony Day in Robinvale we invited local Thais, Fijians, Aboriginal and Iranians to showcase their cusines.
Harmony Day 2012
'Everyone belongs' is the theme for Harmony Day. Certainly that was the case at our Nachos Gnulli and Nasi Goreng event to celebrate Harmony Day. With a display of 40 flags representing many of the diverse nationalities in our community it was certainly a colourful event,
Some nurses at the local hospital were asked if they would like to prepare some traditional dishes from their homeland, in Southern India, for our Nachos Gnulli and Nasi Goreng program and they readily agreed.
There is nothing better than a traditional Indian curry!
Download the recipe brochure and try Binu's recipes for yourself.
Robinvale is home to around 50 nationalities, and since 2010 most of these communities have held a Nachos Day. The program finally concluded with a Harmony Day event in 2018. The Nachos Program showcased the cuisine (in a three course meal) and an element of that culture to the community for each community which generously agreed to participate. That cultural aspect may have been singing, dancing or video footage. The program was all about learning, acceptance and social inclusion.
Each event was aimed at people not only tasting the cuisine of the day, but learning some elements of the cultural mores of each ethnic community.Annually, as part of the program, an annual Harmony Day was held where up to seven of the different ethnic groups contributed either an entree, main course or dessert on the day.
We thank the many volunteers from the various Nachos Days who contributed their time and talent to provide a sample of wonderful food and some element of their culture to the wider community. We also thank the wider community who participated in this program over the years. At some events there were 100 participants, and the average attendance was around 70 people per event.
We thank the different funding bodies which contributed to help sustain the program with their support - the Dep't Immigration (Diversity and Social Cohesion) for the initial grant; funding from the Euston Club CDSE Grants; three years of funding from the R.E.Ross Trust .
Persian Recipes Harmony Day 2011
Try this delicious Zereshk Polow and Barberries recipe from Persia.
The world's newest nation was born on 9th July 2011 so we invited the South Sudanese community in Swan Hill to celebrate its country's birth by demonstrating traditional Sudanese cuisine. Jacob and his community gave a short presentation on their country's sturggle for independence and the meaning behind their new flag: A blue triangle contains a gold, five-pointed star; black represents the people of South Sudan, red the blood shed in the struggle for freedom, green the verdant land, and blue the waters of the Nile; the gold star represents the unity of the states making up South Sudan.
Try these delicious recipes from Helen and her friends.
Freda from Sunraysia Ethnic Communitites Council is of Greek ancestry so she brought along some family and friends to demonstrate some of her favourite Greek dishes. It was great to see the Italian ladies and the Greek ladies comparing mental notes of two very similar styles of cuisine.
Download the recipe booklet and recreate Freda's favourites.
Traditional Tongan Feast
In May 2012 local Tongan community members prepared a wonderful feast of charcoal chicken, pulu, cassava, sweet potatoes and seafood salad that was enjoyed by around 70 people. On display were a large number of cultural items that Lupe educated us about. They included traditionally woven mats, belts and bags and a large kava bowl with coconut cups.