Residents of Aldershot and Farnborough will be coming together for a celebration of food and culture in September for what promises to be a bigger and better Rushmoor Community Food Festival.
The aim of the festival is to bring together residents from across the borough to celebrate the rich diversity of communities that make it such a great place to live.
The festival takes place on Saturday,14 September, between 11.30 am and 3.30 pm, at Municipal Gardens, Aldershot, and has been organised by a team of community and faith groups, with support from Rushmoor Borough Council and the West End Centre. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the festival, sharing their skills and gaining experience in running an event, as well as working together as one team.
Among the diverse groups involved will be the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community (GRNC), Aldershot Churches Together, The Vine Centre, Aldershot Civic Society, Rushmoor Rotary Club, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, the Buddhist Community Centre, the Shiva Cultural Centre, Communities Fiji Britain, the Ghanaian community from Aldershot Pentecostal International Worship Centre and members of the South African, West Indian, Romanian, French, German and Spanish communities. So expect an eclectic mix of food, craft, dance and music!
The festival features an international food street, boasting 14 different foods from around the globe; music and dance from a range of different cultural groups; craft activities such as face painting, henna art, willow weaving and French knitting; a wellbeing zone that includes wildlife walks, gentle exercise, hand massages and a prayer station, and storytelling from different cultures.
Generous sponsorship for the event has come from the National Lottery Awards for All and Grainger plc, along with support in kind from Booker Wholesale UK and the Mimosa Restaurant.
Tickets have just gone on sale, priced at £5 for adults and £3 for under tens with under threes getting in free with adult ticket holders. They can be bought from the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040, or online at https://westendcentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173593150
Only 1,000 tickets are being made available and they must be bought in advance.
On the day of the event, the play area in Municipal Garden will remain open for normal users.
Festival attendees will be encouraged to use public transport or to walk to the event if possible as there will be no parking on site. Parking will be available at The Wellington and High Street multi-storey car parks. Blue badge holders will be given details of alternative parking arrangements when they buy tickets.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s Head of Democracy, Strategy and Partnerships, Andrew Colver, said: “After the success of the first food festival back in 2017 it’ll be great to see the diverse communities we have in the borough coming together again to bring music, food and culture for us all to experience and enjoy. This really promises to be a fantastic event and tickets are bound to go fast – so I’d encourage everyone to snap them up quickly!”
Organisers are still looking for volunteers to help out on the day – anyone who can help is encouraged to call 01252 398 767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org