The Indonesian community will be serving up dishes like Nasi Goreng and Gado Gado at Pako Festa 2021 Photo: Matt Houston

Pako Festa opens online bookings

Online bookings have opened for Pako Festa’s 2021 global food offering, which will showcase the cuisine of 19 of Geelong’s ethnic communities across 13 locations.

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The food offering is part of Pako Festa’s new format, which sees the much-loved local event change after 38 years due to COVID-19.

Traditional street vendors in Pakington Street will be replaced with a broader offering of dine-in and takeaway food across a number of different locations.

Locations will feature cultural displays and a program of entertainment.

Event-goers are invited to place takeaway or dine-in orders at, where they can browse the locations and menu items on offer from each of the 19 participating ethnic community groups.

Event Director Luisa LaFornara said that the local ethnic community groups were looking forward to showcasing their cuisines in the new format.

“We hear time and time again how much people enjoy the multicultural food at Pako Festa each year, so we are delighted that we can continue to offer this for people to enjoy in 2021 in a COVIDSafe way,” Ms LaFornara said.

“We need people to pre-book online for a few reasons – it allows us to stagger the arrival times and control numbers, facilitate contact tracing if required and to send out COVIDSafe information to patrons prior to the event as required by the government,” she said.

Timeslots are available for 27 February 2021 from 10:30am-4pm.

With numbers limited in each timeslot at each location, event-goers are urged to book early at to avoid disappointment.

For COVIDSafe reasons, event-goers can only dine-in at one location, but can book takeaway orders at as many different locations as they like.

Proceeds raised from all online food purchases will be donated back to the ethnic communities, helping to ensure the ongoing sustainability of these communities.