National Multicultural Festival 2016 – Top Tips

by Rosemarie John on February 14, 2016

National Multicultural Festival 2016

Summer in the capital. What is it like? Apart from art and history exhibits, food and wine expos and open-air cinemas, Canberra’s summer is never complete without the National Multicultural Festival 2016!

I had written about it last year and even included some vital tips. This year, there are a few more additions to that list:

  • Make use of the additional Action blue and red rapid services if you prefer taking the bus. We park for $2 dollars flat at the Canberra Centre on Sundays so we made use of that.
  • Carry bottles of water to avoid dehydration. There is a water fountain near Garema place as well.
  • Always make a point to visit early in the day if you’d like first dibs on the food.
  • Must tries: Cannolis, Apollos, Rum Babas, Chips on a Stick, Waffle on a Stick, Chicken and Chorizo Paella, Abyssinian food – pumpkin and coconut chicken curry, Iranian food – meat and rice pilaf and Greek food – grilled octopuses!
  • If you didn’t try the Cannolis, Apollos and Rum Babas and cannot wait till next year, hit me up in the comments and I will tell you where you can get them all year round!
  • Visit the Malaysian Showcase and watch Roti Canai (pronouced: cha-nai) being flipped in the air live!

Download your essential festival guide and map here and here.

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Download your essential festival guide and map here.

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Paula McInerney February 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Should have come down for this, it looks a lot of fun.
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Eileen | The Food Avenue February 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for the tips! I also put together a tips list so feel free to check it out 🙂 Your photos are incredible!


noel February 15, 2016 at 7:14 am

wow, such a diversity of food and those chips on a stick, is it both sweet and savory, looks amazing!
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Fiona @ London-Unattached February 15, 2016 at 7:36 am

This looks amazing! I wish I could find myself in Oz because we have nothing like this in the UK
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Elissa February 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

Looks fab! Thanks for all the tips, and great photos
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Liz (Good Things) February 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

Great post, Rose. Lovely photographs! We missed the festival this year, as we’ve been travelling. May I add one suggestion? Please add Lángos to the list of things to try… the Hungarian fried bread specialty is a MUST! xxx


Tandy | Lavender and Lime February 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

I always take a water bottle with me where ever I go so I think that is a fantastic tip!
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Krista February 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Such great pictures – clear and colorful and vibrant. 🙂
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Anna @ shenANNAgans February 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

I didn’t get to the festival this year, but that doesn’t matter so much, I have amazing foodie friends who share the weekend with me. 🙂 Great photos, especially love your outfit, too cute.
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Karla | karlaroundtheworld February 16, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Love multi-cultural festivals, you learn a lot. I’ve never been in one, looking forward to be able to attend one in the future.
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Hitch-Hikers Handbook February 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

I’ve read a lot about this festival recently and I must admit, it sounds great! I would love to check it out one day!
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