Unity Festival “canned” by organiser

THE annual Unity Festival, held over the last three years at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, will not be held this year.

The festival, brainchild of local event manager Kerry Turner, was introduced in 2009 as a celebration of the rich diversity in the Tweed.

Ms Turner's aim was to create a sustainable tourist attraction which would provide youth training and mentoring opportunities and focused on being "earth friendly".

Ms Turner said although the event attracted an increasing number of visitors and had been quite successful, the organisational challenges became too big to handle for a single event manager.

"I canned the event because their simply wasn't enough help, money and time to organise an event of this size.

"The festival's demise is really sad but I'm planning to resurrect the event and hope to hold a similarly themed day at Knox Park next year," Ms Turner said.

The Unity Festival evolved from an earlier event held at Knox Park to celebrate international Harmony Day, observed globally on March 21, and was also organised by Ms Turner.

However, Ms Turner hasn't turned into a couch potato and continues to be extremely busy with the organisation of this year's Food Festival to be held at Murwillumbah's showground on November 30.

The new event is an expanded version of 'Foodie Friday' introduced last year to run prior to the Unity Festival as a celebration of local produce and cooking and was dubbed Murwillumbah's biggest diner party.

This year's Foodie Friday will be held under the auspices of the Caldera Farmers Market which is held every Wednesday at the Murwillumbah showgrounds.

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