Woden Community Festival

emd 31 October 2009

Just got back from the second annual Woden Community Festival and thought I’d post a review for those who might want to go along next year.

I went to last year’s festival, and it looks like the organisers – Woden Community Services – have learned a lot from their first experience. This year, they had the stalls in amongst shade trees; a shade marquee with chairs for people wanting to watch the main stage out of direct sun; and lots more going on. Visitor numbers were well up on last year’s festival, and so were stall numbers. Some of our favourites this year:

    * Listening to Michael Milton’s talk on having a go at sports and learning new things. I could see my five year old soaking it up.
    * The Hare Krishna vegetarian food stall – plate full of assorted curries, rice, and halva (sweet semolina) with a bottle of water for $7, which easily fed an adult plus two kids.
    * Petting Zoo –from Bowral – which was free.
    * Uncle Joe’s Mobile Chook Runs display had lots of different kinds of chooks, and the kids were allowed to pat one or two of them.
    * Rides – the tea cup ride, jumping castle, and a mini train.

Lots of music on the main stage. There were also displays of belly dancing, gymnastics, a mascot race (a giant star, a couple of roos, the SES platypus and various others in a running race), etc. Plus information displays from all the local community groups, lots of food stalls – Spanish, Japanese, Indian, pizza etc, and a few market craft stalls. See-Change Woden was there, and the Greens had MLAs there to hear from the local community. Plus a solar panel company, ActewAGL with a water-saving information stand and I’ve forgotten the other environment-focused stalls I saw.

Oh, and there was huge amounts of activity for teenagers over at the skate park. Skate comp, hip-hop dance-off, and band comp all with good prizes like two days of studio recording.

Highly recommended as a fun day out with kids, especially if you’re new to the Woden area and want to find out about local sports or playgroups.

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