Video – How to make baklava

With our Harvest Festival only weeks away the Shepparton Albanian Women’s Committee are busy preparing the traditional Albanian food for sale.

By far one of the most popular dishes is baklava – layers of pastry sweetened with syrup.

Check out this clip to appreciate the effort that goes into creating this masterpiece. It makes the few dollars you pay for a piece seem cheap in comparison!

Video – Shepparton Albanian Flamur Celebrations

On Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Shepparton Albanian Society celebrated the anniversary of Albania’s Declaration of Independence with a function at the GV Hotel, Shepparton, Australia.

As part of the celebrations, a group of local Albanian children performed a series of dances set to traditional music.

Led by teacher Aida Zeqo, opportunities such as these work to ensure the traditions of our culture are kept alive for the next generation of Australian Albanians.

Check out the highlights video below!


Our donation to GV Hospice Care

Yesterday we celebrated the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan with morning prayers at our Mosque in Shepparton.

This gave us the perfect opportunity to present a donation of $3000 to local not-for-profit organisation GV Hospice Care. Hospice supports terminally ill patients and their families in a number of ways, including specialist medical, nursing and pastoral care, bereavement counselling and volunteer support.

Many Albanian families have utilised the free services provided by GV Hospice, so we felt it was a fitting choice when deciding which local charity to support.

Funds donated were raised as part of the two fruit packing days we held earlier in the year. Apples and pears were donated by local Albanian orchardists and were packed by an army of volunteers before being sent off for wholesale.

The balance of the funds raised from this project will go towards a major upgrade to the external grounds at the Shepparton mosque. More will be revealed very soon!

Video – Behind the scenes at the Harvest Festival

Ever wondered what’s involved in putting together an event like the Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival?

This short video showcases what our event is all about and the strong community support behind it.

Thank you to I Am Jaiman for putting this clip together.

Living Recipes project

A traditional Albanian dish was recently featured as part of the Living Recipes project, commissioned by the organisers of the 2015 Shepparton Festival. Living Recipes aligns with Shepparton’s identity as the food bowl of Victoria and has unearthed, unpacked and presented produce, flavours and foods from the region’s multicultural communities.

Local photographer Liz Arcus visited seven different cultural groups in Shepparton to document them putting together a meal of importance to their culture.

So what did we, representing Albanians, feature? Petullas! The photos were combined with video to create a film that played at SPC Ardmona Factory Sales throughout the three-week festival in March. Recipe cards were also produced and distributed.

A selection of the photographs can be viewed in the gallery below. The video can viewed onlineĀ here.

Thank you to sisters Fidaret Sherif and Ramije Besim for participating in the project.