first_imgIndonesia If you’re in Melbourne next weekend (21-22 January 2017), head to the city’s iconic St Kilda Beach for the Wonderful Indonesia Beach Fest, organised with support from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Melbourne.‘Beach Fest’ will have three themes, covering the tourism ministry’s main areas of focus: Marine Tourism, Wellness Tourism and Culinary Tourism. Each tourism category is represented by different activities and entertainment over the weekend, such as Sunday morning’s Yoga on the Beach which highlights Wellness, the many food vendors and cooking demonstrations showcasing Culinary Tourism, while the overall beach theme and location hopes to emphasise Marine Tourism.The Beach Fest Travel Fair, managed in partnership with helloworld will be a major feature of the event, with 14 hotels and resorts taking part, providing information and exclusive deals on holidays to Indonesia, so attendees will be able to sample the Indonesian experience and book their next holiday at the same event. A wide range of Beach Fest-exclusive special offers will be provided by helloworld, as well as the opportunity to win a holiday for two to Indonesia, including accommodation and airfares.Over the weekend, festival-goers will be entertained by a wide range of performances, including Balinese gamelan by Gamelan DanAnda, traditional folk songs by Bonapasogit and Kolintang instrumental music from North Sulawesi. Attendees can immerse themselves in Indonesian culture, learn more about Indonesian cuisine with Janet DeNeefe, author of Fragrant Rice, or perhaps learn the art of batik painting with Javanese batik artist Dora Melati.The many flavours of Indonesia can be tasted at the Beach Fest Food Truck Park, with food available from all corners of Indonesia, from Bandung to Bali, cooked up by some of Melbourne’s most popular Indonesian restaurants.Headlining the musical line-up on Saturday night, popular Melbourne Dub/Reggae/Hip Hop band Echo Drama, winners of the St Kilda Music Festival 2015, who will be joined on the main stage by Balinese reggae outfit; Marupu Band. Eat meets west with the Julian Banks Group, featuring kendang sundae player Cepi Kusmiadi, and Rizal and Rasendriya playing a unique combination of guitar, didgeridoo and Sundanese percussion.When:11am Saturday 21 January to 5pm Sunday 22 JanuaryWhere: St Kilda Beach precinct.The parade will commence on Saturday at 10am, starting at the Beachcomber Cafe, St Kilda Beach.last_img