After the success of Momo Fest 2017 (with around 15,000 attendees, Momo Fest is back again for another amazing 3 days of deliciousness and fun.
Gastrology were pleased to be invited by the organisers of Momo Fest, Australia’s premier Nepalese Dumpling and Music Festival to their media launch and dinner at the critically acclaimed Nepal Dining Room (Winner of AGFG 2018 ‘Nepalese Restaurant’ Readers Choice Award) where we were provided with a sneak peek of what guests can expect at this year's Momo Fest.
The evening started with a brief introduction to the history of Momo’s as well as a walk through of what to expect throughout the duration of the festival.
Then it was time to enjoy a feast which consisted of a Nepalese inspired banquet offering up a myriad of momo varieties and various refreshments - which took us on a journey to the mouth watering street food in Nepal (but with a modern twist!)
Food was lovingly prepared by renowned chef Hem Ghale, who has more than 18 years’ experience having worked across the globe as head momo chef at restaurants including Margos Restaurant at Melbourne’s Crown & the Sheraton Hotel.
Momos are the Nepalese version of dumplings that burst with flavour. Momo Fest 2018 boasts over 30+ varieties of momos - ranging from buff momos (a popular favourite in Nepal), goat, lamb, beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and various vegetarian and vegan options.
And with entertainment over two stages, you can expect a full spectrum of the most unique eastern-influenced entertainment and urban grooves our city has to offer.
The main stage is headlined by internationally-acclaimed Nepalese traditional folk band, Kutumba, with their high-energy percussion and mystical soundscapes. They will be joined by much loved Nepalese blues band Mukti and Revival.
Adding to the vibrant entertainment - popular local bands such as The Senegambian Jazz Band, Rasjaknowband & Opal Ocean will be joining the lineup. There will also be workshops and performances in Latin moves, Bhangra beats, Hip hop dance, colourful Chinese lion dancers, energetic Nepali Lakhey Dance, and rhythmic Nepalese steps.
Immerse yourself in a vibrant fusion of multicultural soul, hip hop and R&B throughout the day, while the kids can enjoy variety of rides and kids entertainment.
Momo Fest 2018 will run for 3 days with different concept on each day – momo dinner with movies on Friday, main festival with momo, live music, colours, multicultural performances on Saturday and momo brunch with DJ music on Sunday.
The festival will also see an exciting celebration of holi colours as a symbol of celebration of Multiculturalism. Holi is a celebration of love and frolic where people cover each other with coloured powders. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of new season, and a festive day to meet others, play and laugh.
Under a rainbow sky of colour, the aroma of dumplings and the hustle and bustle of food trucks, Momo Festival 2018 is the ultimate love letter goodbye to another lazy Melbourne summer.
Momo Fest believes in celebration of life and culture through sharing love and giving back to the communities in need. Momo Fest’s charity partner this year is MIT Group Foundation.
All donations received will go towards MIT Group Foundation’s projects in Nepal to build schools and establish hospitals in remote places of Nepal.
Every donation of $2 will receive a free raffle ticket with exciting prizes like return tickets for two to Nepal, iPhone X, accommodation package, dinner vouchers from top Nepali restaurants in Melbourne, and Nepali gift hampers of pashmina and Nepali Crafts.
Momo Fest Dates:
Friday 23 Mar – Momo Dinner with Movies – 5pm to 10pm
Saturday 24 March – Main Festival Day – 11am to 10pm
Sunday, 25 March – Momo Brunch – 11am to 5pm