15 Feb 2011
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Mongolian Mutton Porridge is on the menu from Hanggai, while Creole Choir of Cuba's recipe calls for lobster, crabmeat and shrimps, and Rango suggests retaining chicken entrails for a ritual healing ceremony - exotic tastes are in store at WOMAD New Zealand 2011's Taste The World stage.
WOMAD artists from around the globe will team up with New Zealand's own gastro-nomad, chef, author and broadcaster, Peta Mathias to bring audiences a taste of their homeland.
Nova Energy presents Taste The World at WOMAD New Zealand 2011 at New Plymouth's Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands from 18-20 March.
Nova Energy's involvement means that, for the first time at WOMAD New Zealand, solar energy will be used to power part of a stage.
Host Peta Mathias will take the helm of the Taste the World stage alongside international artists 17 Hippies (Germany), Rango (Egypt/Sudan), Hanggai (China), Creole Choir of Cuba, Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago), Johnny Kalsi from Afro Celt Sound System (UK/Africa) and Barons of Tang (Australia), together with local artists Will Crummer and the Rarotongans, and Topp Twins' duo Ken and Ken.
At each live cooking demonstration artists will share a traditional dish unique to their homeland, serving up enough food for 40-50 audience members to sample, along with music and conversation. These sessions are always personable and enlightening with impromptu entertainment. An adjacent WOBAR gives audiences the opportunity to grab some refreshments and relax in a cafe environment.
Free recipe sheets will be provided at Taste the World and, for the first time, are available to download prior to the festival at www.womad.co.nz
WOMAD New Zealand 2011 is the seventh WOMAD to be held at the stunning New Plymouth site. As well as 30 hours of music on seven stages, WOMAD New Zealand 2011 features artists in conversation and workshops, a global village, Kidzone and the option to camp at the adjacent race course.
Tickets for WOMAD New Zealand 2011 are on sale through Ticketek, phone 0800 TICKETEK (824 538) or visit www.ticketek.co.nz. The full line-up and more detailed information are available online at www.womad.co.nz.