Pako Festa has always presented a unique once-a-year opportunity to sample unfamiliar cuisine from foreign lands, or to revisit popular international dishes, in this unique multi-cultural street party celebration that Geelong has enthusiastically embraced since 1983. In pop-up food vans and marquees across the length of Pakington Street, Geelong West, and at West Park, passionate volunteer local community groups will represent the culture and cuisine of their homelands with lovingly prepared home-cooked food.

The event program map will highlight the locations of all our community food stalls on the day.  There will be something for everyone so indulge your senses and enjoy your entree, main, snack and dessert on the day!

And the best news?  You don’t have to wait until Pako Festa 2020 to enjoy many of these delights again either.  Several of our diverse cultural groups have agreed to share some of their treasured family recipes, passed on from generation to generation, with the wider community.  A series of locally produced recipe cards will be available to collect exclusively on the day of the event featuring international recipes from up to 20 of our local community groups.  Patrons of the 2019 event can visit our community food stalls and, with any purchase, collect recipes featuring signature dishes from the following community groups including: Bosnian Croatian, Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Dutch, Filipino, French, Greek, Nepalese, Indonesian, Iranian, India, Lao-Thai, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Wathaurong Co-Op.

Travel the world on your dinner plate with the delicious series of Pako Festa recipe cards presented by Pako Festa in partnership with Geelong’s multi-cultural communities and supported by EDmag and OnPako Magazine.




Subway Carpark Area

Visit the VicSuper Chill Out Zone at Pako Festa, a great place to rest up, dine on the amazing food you have purchased along the street or escape to Colombia for a moment through the cool sounds of El Gran Mono.

El Gran Mono is the first authentic picó soundsystem to be built outside of Colombia. In a uniquely Colombian cultural tradition, picó soundsystems are charactised by large colourful hand-painted speaker boxes, decorated in animals, aeroplanes, dragons, revolutionary figures and other psychedelic scenes. Large even by Colombian soundsystem standards, El Gran Mono features artwork by celebrated Colombian picó artist William “El Maestro” Gutierrez of Barranquilla. Master William is renowned in Colombia for painting the artwork of the country’s best-known picó soundsystems since the 1970’s, and his picó designs are instantly recognisable as works of art.

As part of Pako Festa 2019, El Gran Mono will feature Colombian and Australian DJs Johnny el Pájaro, Jolie, John Salazar and Sr. Tom Noonan playing a mix of Colombian and African music synonymous with picó soundystems such as cumbia, champeta, salsa, soukous, rhumba and benga.

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SC Technologies presents Walk in My Shoes; bring your friends along so they can capture you in the display of global feet and share with #pakofesta2018

You can find it near the corner of Pakington and Autumn Streets



12.30 – 4.30PM

West Town Hall (indoors)

Enjoy a program of non-stop family entertainment featuring local dancers and a diverse stage program including Krazy Koala Puppet Show. Come and discover the Pacific Smiles interactive activation including two selfie stations, craft table, jumbo bowling and much more.   Visit the Dress Up Place and try on a collection of global costumes and snap a pic of your favourite pose in costume and send it to #pakofesta19.



11am – 5.00pm

Hope Street Car Parking Bay

Come and visit us in our new Adroit Insurance and Risk Chill Out Zone. We will be conveniently located opposite the Geelong West Post Office, amongst the heart of the parade.  A great place to sit and dine and absorb the atmosphere while tasting traditional Zapienkanka from the new Polish street food truck. The Furphy Bar (from 11.30am) and the Geelong West Social Club will be in the zone so you can sit back, relax and enjoy. At 12.30pm the Geelong Folk Music Stage with prime viewing from the zone. Families are welcome and the Adroit Team will be on hand to keep the children entertained with free craft activities from 11am.



1.00pm – 5.00pm

Northern End of Pakington Street

At the Northern end of Pakington Street for the first time you can enjoy music at the Pakington Strand Pop Up stage area from 1pm.  Relax at the Derbyshire Chill Out Zone or visit the Green Room for a beverage in their licenced Chill Out Zone. Don’t miss the free activities to get the children active at the Melbourne Victory Football Club Target zone with some great giveaways on offer.  Netball Victoria will also be there to teach you some tricks of the trade.




TAC Club Zero

9.00am – 5.00pm

West Park (Cnr Pakington and Autumn Streets)

The importance of role modelling responsible driver behaviour for children is the theme of the TAC’s Club Zero activation.  The TAC utilise road safety mascot Zero Hero to talk to parents and children about all things road safety. We also have demonstrations to assist parents with buying, fitting and using child restraints and boosters seats.

Other activities at Club Zero include kid’s colouring sheets and competitions for parents.