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Sydney’s spring signals Macau Festival Time

Posted: Thu 20 Sep 2012 | Mike Smith


For the second successive year, Tumbalong Park in Sydney’s Darling Harbour will be transformed into a mini Macau in October for a weekend of free family fun. And all guests who visit the event stand the chance to win a holiday for two to Macau, flying Virgin Atlantic and staying at the plush new Sheraton Macau on the Cotai Strip.

 

 

For the second successive year, Tumbalong Park in Sydney’s Darling Harbour will be transformed into a mini Macau in October for a weekend of free family fun.

And all guests who visit the event stand the chance to win a holiday for two to Macau, flying Virgin Atlantic and staying at the plush new Sheraton Macau on the Cotai Strip.

To be staged over two days (October 20-21), the Macau Festival will be colourful open-air event with a jam-packed program of non-stop free entertainment, free activities for the young and young-at-heart and a piazza of food stalls with more than enough delicacies to whet the appetites of guests seeking an exotic dish.

It will run in conjunction with Macau Food Week at Sydney’s five-star Sheraton on the Park’s newly upgraded Feast restaurant.

Darling Harbour’s second annual Macau Festival 2012, once again organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office (Australia and New Zealand), will carry a theme supporting the Asian centre’s “Touching Moments, Experience Macau” tourism motto.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural festival where around 10,000 called in to join the festivities we are looking at a bigger roll up to this year’s event,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macau Government Tourist Office (Australia and New Zealand).

“They can prepare for two days filled with contemporary and traditional Portuguese and Chinese entertainment,” she said, “along with plenty of food such as spicy Portuguese chicken and the tasty egg tarts, and activities which highlight the varied happenings in Macau.”

A cluster of food stalls will be selling such delicacies as chorizo rolls, Spanish meatball rolls, spicy peri peri chicken, barbecued seafood, Portuguese chicken burgers and seafood paella, and an array of ice creams.

On stage for a second year will be popular band C Major, and contemporary dance groups choreographed by Natasha Crane and Rhys Bobridge.

Performances by Southern Stars Performing Arts, Madeira Portuguese Band and the traditional Portuguese dancing group Aldeias de Portugal will also be on the program.

 Among the free activities will be a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, motor racing simulators as well as face painting and caricature sketching.

 Members of the Australian-based Macau Students Association will be there to add splashes of colour to the festival along with members of Casa de Macau, ex-residents of the former Portuguese enclave in Asia.

 Details: Macau Festival 2012, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour; weekend of October 20-21, 10am – 4pm, free, phone (02) 9264 1488, www.darlingharbour.com