Wild Foods & Cultural Festival

by Kerryn Collins
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.
FAST FACTS:
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.