27 July 2023

Expressions of interest open for street food and drink vendors for Fusion Botanical 2023

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The call has gone out to street food and drink vendors to lodge an expression of interest for Fusion Botanical 2023. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Wagga Wagga’s popular multicultural festival Fusion Botanical is set to return to the Botanic Gardens this spring.

The Multicultural Council of Wagga and Wagga City Council are calling for expressions of interest from local food and drink vendors and performers who are keen to feed and entertain festivalgoers.

The Botanic Gardens will spring to life with live music, street food and entertainment on Saturday 21 October from 4 pm to 9:30 pm.

The festival is an opportunity for the Wagga community to celebrate the cultures, numbering about 110, that form its rich tapestry.

Council’s director of community Janice Summerhayes said the 2023 festival was expected to draw crowds from across the Riverina.

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“Our Fusion festival has grown to become a highlight on the regional events calendar since its inception in 2011,” Ms Summerhayes said.

“Planning is underway for Fusion Botanical 2023 and we’re curating a fun diverse line-up of music and entertainment, to be announced closer to the event.

“Along with the live music, the street food precinct is one of the most popular parts of this community event. Festival folk can look forward to feasting on authentic and modern street-style food.”

The Melbourne Tabla Ensemble

The Melbourne Tabla Ensemble performed at the 2022 Fusion festival. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Council’s community development officer Victoria Lowe said last year’s festival had 25 street food vendors, and event organisers would like to ensure they have 25 or more vendors this year.

“The street food vendors offer a delicious, diverse array of authentic and contemporary street food,” Ms Lowe said.

“We are interested in hearing from culturally diverse communities with regard to what they would like to perform.”

Ms Lowe said the Fusion festival was vital for Wagga and the wider region.

“Fusion is the essence of celebrating the music, dance, food and creative arts that mix together to make our local communities strong, unique and memorable,” she said.

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“It’s important we come together as a community and the festival engages and connects with new arrivals in the city.

“Wagga Wagga is a diverse community and the diversity is growing every year according to the 2021 census.

“11.4 per cent of our local community were born overseas and 9.1 per cent of wonderful residents speak languages other than English.”

To apply, visit the Fusion festival website and make a submission before 5 pm on Friday, 18 August 2023.

To keep up to date with announcements for Fusion Botanical, visit the website or follow the Fusion Multicultural Festival Facebook and Instagram pages.

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