Gaagal Festival – October 2012

On 19 & 20 October, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation and Bushfood Sensations – the NSW lead body for native tucker producers – hosted ‘Gaagal’ (Gumbainggirr  for Ocean) a celebration of Aboriginal food, arts and culture at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Corindi Beach.

The following description of the festival is provided from the pre-event publicity:

Giinagay! (Welcome!) The festivities commence at 6pm on Friday 19 October with the opening of an exhibition of works by local indigenous artists at the Wadjar gallery. This will be followed by a fund-raising dinner ($60 per head, bookings essential) cooked by Australia’s only hatted Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan from The Jaaning Tree restaurant in Nambucca Heads.

Clayton will be cooking up a storm in his own inimitable style, blending local and seasonal produce with bush tucker ingredients, some of which will be supplied by Bushfood Sensations members. Clayton will talk guests through the menu, which will include mouth-watering delights such as Cheese and macadamia nut beignets with a Davidson plum sauce; Lemon myrtle smoked kangaroo loin with a chocolate jus; and Citrus-cured crocodile.

Dinner entertainment will be provided by Marcelle (Gurrandgi) Tonkin, a proud Bundjalung-Bidjara woman: inspirational poet and artist who writes from the heart, stirring audiences to laughter and tears. Marcelle appears regularly at Folk Festivals and Indigenous cultural gatherings.

On Saturday 20 October, Gaagal’s Family Fun Day will be a FREE event for families and fun-lovers. Starting at 11am in the beautiful grounds of Yarrawarra, the day will include stalls selling local arts, crafts and food items, workshops on playing the didgeridoo, weaving, ceramics and painting, bush tucker walks and cooking demonstrations, music, fun, rides and games for the whole family.

To finish the celebration, grab some bush-tucker from one of the stalls and kick back at 7pm with your own deckchair to enjoy two hours of black films from the National Film and Television Archive in a ‘cinema under the stars’ event.

All activities will take place at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 170 Red Rock Road, Corindi Beach, NSW, 2456.