October 30, 2020

Australia’s first ever Wild Foods & Cultural Festival

MEDIA RELEASE – 30/10/20

Spirits of the Red Sand, Queenslands #1 Must Do Attraction hosts first-ever annual Wild Foods & Cultural Festival in Beenleigh as part of NAIDOC 2020 celebrations

BEENLEIGH, QUEENSLAND – Today – Spirits of the Red Sand today announced it is hosting Australia’s first ever annual Wild foods and Cultural festival as part of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders
Day Observance Committee) on Sunday 15 November, 2020. NAIDOC celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the festival itself has received a generous grant of $5000 by the Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Hosted by Spirits of the Red Sand, Queensland’s No. 1 Must do Attraction the Wild Foods and Cultural festival features an exciting mix of live entertainment, demonstrations and kids activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural groups and businesses within the region. Uncle Eddie Ruska, Cultural Elder and Co-founder of Spirits of the Red Sand created the idea of a Wild Foods and Cultural festival with his family and says “Sharing our culture is at the heart of who we are and this festival highlights the solid talent and cultural experiences our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent.”
A talented line up of performers includes headliner, renowned country and blues singer, storyteller and pioneering indigenous artist Adam James, and MC, Australia’s Got Talent, Chris Tamwoy. Together with Spirits of the Red Sand’s powerful cultural demonstrations, performances by Australia’s No#1 Aboriginal dance troupe, Nunukul Yuggera, and a variety of food stalls, cooking demonstrations, bush tucker tours and incredible kid’s activities there will be so much to discover and share for all Australians. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to open up our doors for everyone to join us at this free festival to celebrate NAIDOC at a COVID safe event that showcases our cultural offerings in a truly authentic and meaningful way.” Says Mike Tamaki, Co-Founder of Spirits of the Red Sand.



Date: Sunday 15 November 2020
Location: Spirits of the Red Sand, 205 Main Street, Beenleigh QLD 4207
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Free. A gold coin donation is appreciated, contributing to not-for-profit Beenleigh Historical Village where Spirits of the Red Sand calls home.

The festival is a drug and alcohol-free event.

To find out more visit https://spiritsredsand.com/events/ or go directly to our Facebook page to register your interest.

About Spirits of the Red Sand

Voted No.1 Must Do Queensland Attraction, Spirits of the Red Sand connects you with 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture and offers cultural immersive Aboriginal experiences by day and night. Located in South East Queensland, halfway between Brisbane and Gold Coast, this is a world-first in authentic and interactive Aboriginal storytelling experiences. By Night: Meaningful and mesmerising, the Aboriginal live theatre and dinner experience takes you beyond Dreamtime to 1800s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide. Told through an immersive, ‘roving’ theatre re-enactment including a 3 course dinner and dessert. By Day: ‘Welcome to Country Aboriginal Experience’ is a 1.5 hour interactive tour with hands-on participation in boomerang painting, didgeridoo playing, bushtucker tasting along with ancient ceremonies such as smoking ceremony and fire lighting. https://spiritsredsand.com https://www.facebook.com/spiritsredsand/ https://www.instagram.com/spiritsredsand/

About Wild Foods & Cultural Festival

A community event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture for NAIDOC Week
Sunday 15 November 2020
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
205 Main St, Beenleigh, QLD 4207
Free entry
First ever annual Wild Foods & Cultural festival right in your own backyard. Featuring renowned singer Adam James & Australia’s Got Talent Chris Tamwoy, bush tucker food menu, live cultural demonstrations & workshops, tourism information stalls, and tons of free family entertainment for the kids including arts and crafts, games and face & boomerang painting & more. Gold Coin donation appreciated. DRUG AND ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT.


Media Contact:

Kerryn Collins
Director of Marketing & Business Management
Spirits of the Red Sand
Ph (07) 3801 8198






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