Wrap up from the 2016 Harvest Festival

We were blessed with amazing weather at our annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 20 March 2016. More than 3000 people enjoyed a day of music, dancing and food that celebrated Albanian culture.

Our president Enver Sabri said it was one of the bigger crowds we’ve had. “It’s the first year we’ve really advertised and opened it up to everyone.”

The festival was also attended by Kosovo ambassador Sabri Kicmari from Canberra, Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem, and members of the Albanian North Sunshine Eagles Soccer Team.

The event formed part of the Shepparton Festival and was proudly sponsored by Shepparton Show Me.

Check out the image gallery and videosĀ to see how much fun we had!

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 – 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.

Wrap up from the 2015 Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival

Live music and tasty Albanian foods were enjoyed by about 700 people at the annual Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival on Sunday, 29 March 2015 at the Shepparton Showgrounds.

Now operating for over 15 years, the Harvest Festival offers the local community the chance to engage with Albanian culture and sample homemade cheese, baklava, pickles and Albanian pie.

Our president, Enver Sabri, said the food was the highlight of this year’s festival. “The fruit side of things and the veggies has been a big thing for us, a lot of people come in just for the fruit and veggies.”

“It’s not to make a huge profit or anything like that, but it’s about having people come and enjoy the music and mateship.”

The Shepparton Albanian Ladies Committee had been working hard to make a range of traditional Albanian food, raising money for the Albanian community. The event was also supported by the Greater Shepparton City Council’s Arts in the Community Fund.

Albanian Society committee member Reg Qemal said the Harvest Festival was a good way to share the Albanian culture.

“The Albanians have been here since the early ’30s and are quite established here within the region.”

“I think a lot more people need to know who we are and what our culture is and this is a great way of actually sharing that to the community.”

Big thanks to our army of volunteers for making this event happen year after year. We’ll be back at the Shepparton Showgrounds on Sunday 20 March 2016 – watch the space!

Check out the gallery below from this year’s event.

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.