Music, food, dance on the cards as Albanian Harvest Festival gets set to return

By Ilias Bakalla

The Albanian Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, March 22 at the Shepparton Showgrounds from 11 am.

The family-friendly event showcases Albanian culture unlike any other event in Australia, with audiences treated to traditional music, dancing and cuisine.

It was originally developed more than 15 years ago as a way for Shepparton's Albanian community to keep in touch with each other and their culture.

Shepparton Albanian Moslem Society president Enver Sabri said the committee encouraged a diverse crowd to come along and enjoy the festivities.

“The ongoing success of local cultural events such as Converge and the St Georges Road Food Festival demonstrate that there is a keen interest in people travelling to Shepparton to experience a multicultural event,” he said.

There will be a fruit and vegetable market that offers produce at wholesale prices, most of which is grown in the Goulburn Valley.

There will be an animal nursery, jumping castle and face painting along with food available for purchase.

Entry is via a gold coin donation or $5 per car.