Queen Victorian Market honours Avurudu Pola, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebration. Australia is home to roughly 60,000 people who were originally from Sri Lanka and 49% of them choose to live in Melbourne. Sri Lanka is often called the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ but a more accurate name would be the ‘Island of Fish and Curry’. The cooking style fits well in Melbourne with the emphasis on fresh seafood, an abundance of spices, and fruit such as jackfruit, rose apple and soursop.
Come along for a stroll through the Queen Victoria Market precinct and experience Sri Lankan culture with dance performances, cooking demonstrations, live music and of course, traditional street eats.
This is a celebration of culture, heritage and arts from Sri Lanka, giving you a chance to enjoy it right here in the middle of multicultural Melbourne.