IN 2015, Slice of Haven celebrates the diversity of the Camden Haven. The Camden Haven’s own food and wine festival takes pride in sharing this region’s gourmet food bowl with everyone.
“This year’s theme, ‘Food for Thought: Celebrating Cultural Diversity’ really celebrates the spice of life we enjoy,” said one of the festival’s coordinators, Kerry McFadyen.
The food and wine festival will be held on Sunday, May 24, 10am – 4pm on the Camden Haven River foreshore, Seymour Street, Laurieton.
As well as gourmet offerings from some of the region’s most renowned cooks, chefs and suppliers, there will also be special entertainment performances.
This year the African Children’s Choir will perform at the festival. The choir will be performing in several cities across the country, but the Camden Haven is one of the only non-metro locations.
Last year the choir was hosted by St Joseph’s Primary School, Laurieton.
They joined with local children to sing around the Camden Haven and held sell-out performance workshops for young and old.
They’re back in 2015, and Slice of Haven will kick off their time in the Camden Haven.
From a feasting perspective, the Slice of Haven organisers have been able to secure Tin Hta Nu, who creates home-grown and homemade Asian dishes, a much sought-after attraction.
In the past Tin worked at Slice and at the weekly Kendall Vege Bazaars to raise funds for the Kendall Kadaw Friendship Project, to build a high school in her home country of Burma. That dream has been realised, along with building amenities for the students and raising funds to support scholarships for university students.
In 2015, Tin’s stall will raise funds for the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group. So make sure you try some of her curry, samosas, spring rolls, jams and chutneys – all made by Tin using produce from her bountiful garden at Kendall.
Slice of Haven will give visitors a taste of culinary excellence with food and beverages to suit all tastes – don’t forget to pick up a flyer at each stall, so you know where to find them for more!
But the festival is not just about delighting your palate.
Stallholders will get creative and dress up their stall to create the fun and vibrant atmosphere this festival is known for.
Local bands, spectacular stilt walkers and dance will be a feast for your eyes and ears too. For the kids there will be lots to eat, see and do.
Volunteers from Hastings Valley Fine Arts will complete a painting live at the festival and raffle through the day. The team will also have a free painting workshop for kids.
Of course the popular Slice of Beach will delight the youngsters – for free – and there are rides and games to enjoy.
For more information, visit sliceofhaven.com.au.
This article was from issue 116 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus.