Hospitality students proud to support Cultural Greetings Christmas Festival

Hospitality students proud to support Cultural Greetings Christmas Festival

By Susan Burdett
06 Dec 2017

Hospitality students prep for Cultural Festival

Nine of Wodonga TAFE’s students enrolled in the Certificate II in Hospitality are providing food for about 400 people at the upcoming Cultural Greetings Christmas Festival.

The Festival will be held at The Cube Courtyard in central Wodonga, from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017, and is an initiative to provide an occasion of celebration, connection and inclusion where affordability and accessibility is not a barrier; sharing traditional culture with the whole community through a commonly celebrated custom, Christmas.

Alongside many community partners, Wodonga TAFE’s students are proudly involved in this cultural community event, and will showcase traditional Indigenous cultural food. Food choices that the students have prepared for event participants include Kangaroo sliders, Barramundi or crocodile sticks with rainforest salad, Native pies, and Frozen yoghurt and fruit sticks.

Wodonga TAFE’s Cookery and Patisserie Teacher, Ms Sarah Whitling, said that students in the class each week have been diligently preparing for this event. “Our students have been very focused on their food preparation, and will be at the Festival serving their food from 5.30pm on the evening.”

“They are very proud of their skill development and the opportunity to be involved, and are looking forward to offering their traditional foods alongside that of many other community groups”, said Ms Whitling.

The students’ involvement is a finale and final assessment as part of an 18 week program in Hospitality training, which has been run by Wodonga TAFE in conjunction with Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare. The students are enrolled in Certificate II in Hospitality and have been learning ‘back of house’ and food preparation skills, as well as producing readymade meals for their community. The students learned how to incorporate indigenous ingredients into modern day cookery, and a recipe book of their creations will be available on the evening of the Festival for families to take home. 

This training program has been supported by the Victorian Government, through the ‘Back to Work’ program.

Ms Whitling said that the popular program will be available again in 2018, as the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. “We will be offering more ‘back of house’ training in next year’s program, focusing more on kitchen skills”, said Ms Whitling.

Photo credit: Simon Bayliss, The Border Mail,