June 24, 2021
Spirits of the Red Sand, Queensland’s #1 Must Do Attraction, hosts the second annual NAIDOC Wild Foods & Cultural Festival in Beenleigh as part of NAIDOC 2021 celebrations and the Year of Indigenous Tourism.
BEENLEIGH, QUEENSLAND – Today – Spirits of the Red Sand today announced it is hosting Australia’s second ever annual Wild foods and Cultural festival as part of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) on Saturday 31 July. The festival is also part of the Year of Indigenous Tourism events and proudly sponsored by Tourism and Events Queensland and City of Logan.
NAIDOC celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NAIDOC Wild Foods & Cultural Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
City of Logan has also contributed to the success of the event and we anticipate record numbers due to the full events program and the cancellation of the long-running Musgrave Park event.
Hosted by Spirits of the Red Sand, the NAIDOC Wild Foods and Cultural festival is a free community event that features an exciting mix of live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, market stalls and a bigger than ever wild foods menu and bush tucker tastings. There will also be kids activities and performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural groups.
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 diversity and authenticity of our cultural experiences through our food, our dance, our art and our stories.”
A talented line up of performers includes headliner, renowned country singer Jarrod Hickling, The Voice’s Joel Wiggins; Australia’s Got Talent Dean Brady and hosted by top Brisbane DJ – Big Mike. Together with Spirits of the Red Sand’s powerful cultural demonstrations, performances by Australia’s No#1 Aboriginal dance troupe, Nunukul Yuggera, kids performers and a full line up of workshops from healing country talks to cooking demonstrations, bushtucker tours and weaving workshops 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: Saturday 31 July 2021
Location: Spirits of the Red Sand, 205 Main Street, Beenleigh QLD 4207
Time: Gates open 10am-3pm
Cost: Free. A gold coin donation is appreciated, contributing to not-for-profit Beenleigh Historical Village where Spirits of the Red Sand is located.
The festival is a drug and alcohol-free event.
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. Spirits of the Red Sand also offers education and corporate groups, cultural awareness workshops and team building incentives, function space for hire and a unique open-air Queenslander café.
About Wild Foods & Cultural Festival
A free community event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture for NAIDOC Week
Saturday 31 July 2021
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
205 Main St, Beenleigh, QLD 4207
Second-ever annual Wild Foods & Cultural festival right here in Beenleigh, Queensland, halfway between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Featuring a talented lineup of entertainers, cultural performers, bush tucker food menu, live cultural demonstrations & workshops, market stalls and food trucks, 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.
Head of Marketing & Business Management
Spirits of the Red Sand
Ph (07) 3801 8198