On Saturday 16 September the Rushmoor Food Festival will make its debut in Aldershot. The event aims to bring local people together and celebrate the best in food, music and entertainment.
The festival takes place between 11am and 4pm at the Municipal Gardens and the West End Centre. The event has been organised by local community groups and offers a packed programme for all the family.
Fantastic food from around the world
Some of the Army’s top chefs will be working with members of the community to cook food representing their communities. Expect to see plenty of new dishes to try as well as some old favourites.
‘One of the best live bands we have in this country’ BBC Radio 2
Live music will form a key part of the day, with different styles of music from around the world. The headline set will be from the Hackney Colliery Band. This Times described this revolutionary band as ‘reinventing the brass band format for the 21st century’. They played the 45 minute closing set at the 2012 London Olympics. They have also been featured on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM (UK).
Family fun activities
A wide variety of events will be available to keep the little ones entertained. These include face painting and crafts as well as Bollywood dance workshops, henna art and storytelling. Visitors will also be able to have a go at sports like touch rugby, football and cricket. These sports and their clubs play an active role in our local community.
Among the diverse groups involved will be the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Aldershot Baptist Church, the Buddhist Community Centre, the Shiva Cultural Centre, Holy Trinity Church and members of the West Indian, Romanian and Fijian communities.
You do have to buy a ticket to attend the Rushmoor Food Festival BUT that ticket is just £5. Children under 14 go free with a paying adult. The ticket price does include everything once you are inside – from the food to the face painting and more. Tickets can be bought from the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or online from the West End Centre website. Tickets are selling fast with just 800 available.
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