Dumpling delights a Festivale highlight

HARI Rai's shopping list was bigger than usual last week - among her groceries were 900 packets of dumpling wrappers and about 60 cabbages.

The Mayfield woman is one of 10 new stallholders to exhibit at Festivale this weekend.

Ms Rai and Black Cow final- year apprentice chef Nabin Gurung will prepare delicious Bhutanese dumplings, or momos, under the name of Bhutan Momo.

The pair has already enjoyed success selling momos at events such as Harmony Day and the Migrant Resource Centre's annual general meeting.

"We get a positive rap, everyone loves it," Ms Rai said.

"Please come and try our unique and spicy taste of the Himalayas."

The momos, a vegetarian mix that includes cabbage, garlic and onion, will cost $5 for three.

Migrant Resource Centre communications co-ordinator Brigid Rawlings said Festivale was first organised by the Cameron Street organisation.

Originally known as the Multicultural Food Festival, the event has evolved into a 75-stall food, drink and entertainment extravaganza.

The festival this year includes whiskey tasting at the Design Centre and an appearance by chef and restaurateur Guy Grossi.

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