What's Cooking 2014

Pako Festa always provides an incredible spread of foods from all corners of the world.

From the international kitchen we are pleased to present fresh and fabulous cuisine including Indian vegetarian samosa’s, Greek souvlaki, Spanish paella, Italian pasta, Malay Sate, and traditional Macedonian pastries. Many of our local cultural communities will again be in the street and parks cooking up the very best of their country’s dishes. There will be BBQ’s and bratwursts, stir frys and fritters, curry puffs and satays, sausages and spit roasts, paellas and pizzas and sweet treats served with nuts and honey. And that’s just the start.

If you haven’t tried some of these cuisines before – now is your chance to dine like you’re on a world trip. And for those with more conservative taste – you’ll find plenty of options from hot potatoes to salads, slices, pies and pastries.

The cultural delights available from our local cultural communities in 2014 include:

  • Afghan Community: Chicken Kebab
  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op: Kangaroo Kebabs
  • Filipino: Have been making the same dish for the past 30 years at Pako Festa “Inihaw”:Pork skewers
  • Indonesian: Rendang, Chicken Curry, Cap cay (vegetarian stir Fry), Curry Puffs, Chicken Satay
  • Indian: Sweet Packaged Treats
  • Malay: Malays, as with many other cultures love their food. The term Makan means eat in Malay and we want to share with Geelong the most famous food Malays have successfully marketed: Sate (Satay) is usually made up of either chicken or beef in marinated traditional spices. Satay is best served with original Malay satay sauce, rice pudding, cucumber and red onions. Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) and Mi Goreng (Fried Noodles) can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice or egg noodles fried in a small amount of cooking oil spiced with a range of spicy ingredients and meats of either chicken, beef, or seafood.Roti Prata (Fried Flour Based Pancake) is cooked over a flat grill. It is usually served with a vegetable or meat based curry and is sold all Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and parts of Indonesia. Apam Balik (Turnover Pancake) is a Malay version of a sweet pancake with fillings of sugar, peanuts and sometimes creamy sweet corn. Karipap (Curry Puff) is a small pie consisting of specialised thick curry with chicken and potatoes in a deep-fried pastry shell.
  • Polish: Traditional Pierogi (Dumplings): filled with sweet cabbage, sauerkraut, onion and minced pork & veal. Or potato, cheese, bacon and onion.
  • Bigos (Sauerkraut): Sweet cabbage, pork, veal, smoked bacon, kransky sauage and onion.
  • Ukrainian: Corn on the cob
  • Welsh: A Selection of Homemade Cakes
  • Macedonian: Kebapi: Mince meat skinless sausages, Cabbage salad, Pastries: Cheese and Spinach, A selection of Traditional Macedonian Sweets
  • Iranian: Traditional Persian Kebabs
  • Croatian: Chevapi Rolls, Raznjici Roll (diced pork with herbs and spices), Cabbage Rolls and A selection of Traditional Cakes and Sweet Pancakes
  • Greek: Lamb Souvlaki and traditional Greek sweets including Baklava
  • Maori: Traditional Hangi
  • Slovenia: Slovenian Kranjski Sausage BBQ & boiled, Sauerkraut Slovenian Style, Potica Slovenian National Cake.
  • Serbian Youth Club: Homemade Pastries filled with either Cheese, meat & onion and a sweet version with cherries. Cevapi & kransky in bread rolls, Cabbage rolls filled with meat stuffing. And for something sweet Baklava and Serbian Donuts.







Pako Festa prides itself as being a free event; it is also “access friendly” allowing people of all abilities to share the enriching experience of multiculturalism. All you need to enjoy Pako Festa is a happy heart and an open mind.