The Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival continues to grow each year.
And on Sunday, March 18, Shepparton Showgrounds will again be full of the traditional flavours of Albania, including music, dance and, of course, traditional food.
The festival, originally started as a way for the local Albanian community to celebrate its culture and connect, has benefited from opening its gates to one and all, Shepparton Albanian Moslem Society President Enver Sabri said.
‘‘Opening it up did a great thing,’’ he said.
He encouraged people to come along and help celebrate the culture.
‘‘We’re tracking along just beautifully,’’ he said.
‘‘It really highlights where our ancestors and parents from.’’
Mr Sabri is hoping customs and cultures from the homeland can be passed down and maintained locally for as long as possible.
This year, the festival has a strong focus on the culture of the southern Korce region of Albania, a region Mr Sabri said was well-known for its arts.
‘‘We always try and have a southern style of Albanian music,’’ he said.
‘‘We continue the foods that they eat over there ... we’re a bit old fashioned.’’
Mr Sabri said it was important to maintain the ‘‘old Albanian aspects’’ at the festival.
‘‘We’ve kept it, we’re proud of that.’’
Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival is on at Shepparton Showgrounds, Thompson St, Shepparton, on Sunday, March 18, 11am to 5pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.
For information, visit www.sheppartonalbaniansociety.org