Festival to celebrate 'good eating'

Festival to celebrate 'good eating'.

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The Victorian Seniors Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with more than 1,000 events scheduled and a special focus on celebrating ‘good eating’.

Victorian Minister for Ageing, David Davis, encourages seniors to collect a 2012 Victorian Seniors Festival program guide, or log on to the Seniors Online website, to learn more about local events held throughout this month.

The Victorian Seniors Festival has been running this week, with additional events and festivities taking place statewide throughout October.

“Ever since the Victorian Seniors Festival first burst onto the scene in 1982, countless events from bushwalks and bands to concerts and sporting events have been enjoyed statewide,” Mr Davis says.

“Now in its 30th year, older Victorians are again spoilt for choice with a diverse program of entertainment and activities.”

With $687,000 from the Victorian Coalition government, each of Victoria’s 79 councils received a grant for events during the festival.

“We are again pleased to offer free public transport for Seniors Card holders from 7 to 14 October, giving you plenty of opportunity to catch up with friends and attend wonderful performances and delightful social events,” he says.

Mr Davis adds the major theme for this year is ‘celebrating good eating’ with plenty of opportunities for older people to enjoy delicious local food and produce.

“Food is vital to life in many ways. Food is a way to keep in touch with old friends and new, whether by cooking together, going out for meals or sharing special events,” he says.

“The festival will feature ‘celebrating good eating’ events hosted by local councils including healthy food tours, luncheons, afternoon teas, cooking demonstrations and dinner dances.”

Celebrity chef and award winning author, Elizabeth Chong, 81, is the festival’s ‘good eating’ ambassador.

“You can also pick up a copy of the new Celebrating Good Eating Guide from participating councils and at festival hotspots for suggestions on having fun with food.

Other special events for the 30th anniversary include:

  • Special 30th year festival hubs at Bendigo and Ballarat, including free entertainment and space to sit down and have a catch up with friends over tea or coffee.
  • A 30th year celebration tour of entertainment, including The Empty Chair, Sentimental Journey, Don and Dave, Me and My Mate and performances by pianist Matthew Field and singer Ally Dawson, and multi-instrumental acoustic band Ricketty Bridge.
  • Seniors are also encouraged to keep active with the Veterans Golf Classic, supported by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency and Golf Victoria, Tennis Victoria Open Door Days with support from Travelinsurance.com.au and Bowls Victoria Open Days with support from Diabetes Australia - Victoria.

The festival’s 120 page program is available at all Coles stores, libraries, council offices, neighbourhood houses, University of the Third Age offices and Life Activity Victoria clubs.

Contact your council for more information on local events.