Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 - Ellis Jones

This Friday, 12 October, retirement community Harmony Village Dandenong opens its doors to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Victorian Seniors Festival with a free multicultural event showcasing the best of Dandenong.

“Seniors Festival is our chance to recognise the many origins of Dandenong’s seniors and to acknowledge their role in establishing our vibrant community,” said Harmony Village Coordinator, Ann Thomson. “We’re holding an event that brings young and old together to taste the exotic.”

Featuring eight different cuisines from across the globe, the Tastes of Exotic Dandenong pays tribute to the contribution migrants have made to Dandenong’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.  Among them is the renowned Kiri Bath, an ancient Sri Lankan delicacy originally served only to royalty that has since become an iconic dish in Sri Lankan society.

"Beyond the economic contribution, older members of our community were the first to bring the tastes, sounds and rituals of far off lands to Australian society,” said Ms Thomson. “Their courage and determination to make a better life has resulted in the multiculturalism that makes Melbourne such a welcoming and exciting city.”

Harmony Village resident, Mr Michael Cashman, says he is delighted he and his neighbours will play host to the community celebration.

“We’ve made so many friends since moving to Harmony Village,” he said. “A few more are always welcome!”

As Dandenong regenerates through the Revitalising Dandenong project, it is important that older people retain their place at the heart of community life. Ann Thomson says, no matter what demographic changes may come, there will always be a place for seniors in Dandenong.

“As the Revitalising Dandenong project marks a new era, Tastes of Exotic Dandenong reminds local people how fortunate to have older community members who came before them,” said Ms Thomson.

On the day, there will be face painting, wine and cheese tasting, balloon art, massage chairs, resident stalls, games, a jumping castle, live music and, of course, delicious food.  There will also be several prizes raffled, including an iPad and a mystery cruise for two worth $3000. 

Harmony Village Dandenong invites all of Dandenong to come down and enjoy the fun and games of the day.  

What: Tastes of Exotic Dandenong

Where: Harmony Village Dandenong, 86 Herbert Street, Dandenong

When: 11am to 3pm, October 12th

Harmony Village is a retirement village managed by not-for-profit aged care provider, Doutta Galla Aged Services in collaboration with Common Equity Housing Limited and the Dandenong RSL.

For more information visit www.harmonyvillage.com.au

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