Residents of Aldershot and Farnborough will be coming together in September for a celebration of food, music and sport in the first-ever Rushmoor Community Food Festival.
The festival takes place on Saturday, 16 September, between 11am and 4 pm, at two venues in Aldershot, Municipal Gardens and the West End Centre.
The aim of the festival is to unite residents from across the whole of Rushmoor, celebrate the diverse communities in the borough and to acknowledge the area’s military history.
The event is being run by a number of community groups with support from Rushmoor Borough Council, the West End Centre, Aldershot Garrison and Grainger plc. Members of the community are involved in every aspect of the festival so they can share their skills while gaining experience in running an event, raise awareness of their groups and work together with other groups and organisations.
Among the diverse groups involved will be the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Aldershot Baptist Church, the Buddhist Community Centre, the Shiva Cultural Centre, Holy Trinity Church and members of the West Indian, Romanian and Fijian communities
The festival will include a number of elements on the day:
· Food - members of the community will be working with some of the Army’s finest chefs to cook and produce food representing their communities.
· Music – there will be live music from around the world in the park and the West End Centre, plus a headline set from the Hackney Colliery Band, who played the 45 minute closing set at the 2012 London Olympics and have been described by BBC Radio 2 as “One of the best live bands we have in this country.”
· Family activities - including face painting and crafts in Municipal Gardens along with Bollywood dance workshops, henna art and storytelling.
· Sport – visitors will be able to try their hand at touch rugby, football and cricket and see the links these sports have to the different communities across Rushmoor.
The event is for residents of all ages across Rushmoor, with only 800 tickets available, priced at £5 with children under 14 getting in for free with adult ticket holders. They can be bought from the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or online at https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre
On the day the play park will remain open for all other users, but ticket holders will be able to try a wide variety of food from around the world and access the West End Centre music performances and dance workshop.
The Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford, said: “This is the first time we have organised a Rushmoor Community Food Festival and it’s great to see the diverse communities we have in the borough coming together to bring music, food and culture for us all to experience and enjoy. To have our legendary army chefs on board to produce and serve all the wonderful different foods from around the world is a real bonus too. I am really looking forward to it.”
Organisers are looking for volunteers on the day to assist visitors and to help with the organisation of the event. For more information please contact Jamie Beaton on 07831 528383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
· For further information please contact the communications team at Rushmoor Borough Council on 01252 398 744 or email email@example.com