Greater Shepparton to celebrate international cycling with food festival

By Ilias Bakalla

February will see Shepparton host two prestigious cycling events and to celebrate, the Greater Shepparton City Council will be hosting a food festival.

Bikes and Bites will be taking over Victoria Park Lake from 5 pm to 10 pm on Saturday February 1.

It will be hosted to welcome the visitors of the Union Cycliste Internationale BMX Supercross World Cup that weekend and the future presence of the Yayco Herald Sun Tour on February 5.

Mayor Seema Abdullah said the event would be showcasing the best of the region.

“We are proud to see our state-of-the-art facilities attract world class events to our region,” Cr Abdullah said.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for our local sports clubs to work with professionals of international calibre and an even greater opportunity for our residents to experience these events in their own home town.”

Residents and visitors will be able to taste an assortment of dishes and flavours with a convoy of food trucks parked at the lake and a number of free activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Cr Abdullah said people should bring their bathers to the event too.

“We will be activating the lake precinct with waterslides and stand up paddle boarding as well as some favourite activities on land such as a jumping castle, pedal go-karts and lawn games,” Cr Abdullah said.

Some of Australia’s best skaters, scooters and BMX riders will be shredding up the skate park with freestyle demonstrations.

The evening’s entertainment will see local artists take to the stage to perform throughout the night.

Returning to Bikes and Bites will be the community creative display Art Bikes.

Art Bikes is a collection of decorated bikes and include a Batman-inspired creation, a yarn-bombed bike and a Mad Max-themed bike.

“The art bikes was a great initiative to get the community and local businesses involved,” Cr Abdullah said

“This year it has inspired our locals again to be involved in the cycling celebrations.”

For more information on Bikes and Bites visit Council’s website and Facebook page.