Festival-goers get their fill

Natalie, Stephen and Queenie Ma enjoy their day out at the Lions Summer Festival. 134972 Pictures: JARROD POTTER

GREATER Dandenong is being flooded with festivals, leaving residents and visitors spoilt for choice – and with full stomachs.
Dandenong Market culinary extravaganza the World Food Fare last Sunday treated thousands of people to global cuisines and entertainment.
Outdoor hawker market stalls, sizzling hot plates and cooking demonstrations took inspiration from some of the world’s most important river systems, from the Mekong and Ganges to the Murray-Darling and Niger.
The event followed a full weekend in Springvale, with the Vietnamese TET Festival at Sandown Racecourse and the Lions Summer Festival at Burden Park drawing big crowds from 20 to 22 February.
Festivities will continue this Thursday when Springvale Railway Station becomes an Asian street food hub for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival from 3pm to 7pm.
Coloured powder will be flying at Tatterson Park in Keysborough on Saturday 7 March for Holi Mela, the Festival of Colours and there’ll be sports of all sorts at the Sports Fest at Ross Reserve, Noble Park, on Sunday 15 March.
The Dandenong West Community Festival will mark Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day on Friday 20 March and the Sustainability Festival at Dandenong Market on Sunday 22 March will give green tips for the whole family.