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Harmony Day celebrated through recipe book

Devonport couple Sachet Devkota and Deepa Bhattrai and Devonport City Council Events Officer Eleanor McCormack with the first draft of the Harmony Week Devonport Recipe Book. Devonport residents are encouraged to submit their recipes by Monday.
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Harmony Day celebrated through recipe book

A celebration of cultural diversity will culminate into a community recipe book inspired by Devonport residents, for this year’s Harmony Day.

Devonport City Council is calling for recipe submissions, which will be published online during Harmony Week from 21-27 March.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff said Harmony Week is a fantastic annual celebration of the diversity and coexistence of cultures in Australia.

Cr Rockliff said the recipe book contains contributions from Devonport residents who have shared a dish from their home country, a country they have lived in or simply a dish they love.

“Devonport is home for many cultures and it’s important as a community that we celebrate and support significant milestones such as Harmony Day, particularly at a time when some cultures are suffering globally,” Cr Rockliff said.

“Food is a great way to bring people from all walks of life together, so what better way to do this than to provide a community collection of recipes that reflects the different cultures in our great city.”

Devonport residents Sachet Devkota and Deepa Bhattrai have shared one of their favourite Nepalese recipes of fried goat in the Harmony Week Devonport Recipe Book.

Mr Devkota said since the couple relocated to Devonport last year from Sydney, they had enjoyed sharing their traditional Nepalese recipes with friends and work colleagues.

“Sharing food from our home country of Nepal is an honour and I hope the residents of Devonport enjoy our fried goat recipe, which is a favourite in our family,” Mr Devkota said.

“Goat is the most consumed red meat and is the preferred choice of 63% of the world’s population, it’s a delicacy in our country.”

Mr Devkota said the first time the couple had been to Tasmania was the day they relocated to Devonport for his new job, and they have loved the move.

“We love living in Devonport and exploring what Tasmania has to offer. We find the community friendly, and our jobs have helped us meet more people,” he said.

“Celebrating culture is important and we are pleased to share something from our country with the Devonport community.”

Cr Rockliff said Council will also hold a Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday, 24 March, to coincide with Harmony Week.

She said seven residents from countries such as India, Taiwan and Malaysia and Taiwan will officially become Australian Citizens.

“Citizenship ceremonies are always a highlight for me as Mayor. I love seeing people’s excitement of officially becoming Australian Citizens and calling Devonport home,” Cr Rockliff said.

“Devonport is a great place to live, work, invest and learn, and we are seeing more and more people choosing our city as their home.”

To submit your recipe to the Harmony Week Devonport Recipe Book email Council at marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au before 5pm on Monday, 21 March 2022. For more information contact Council on (03) 6424 0511.

Media contactTahnia Creedon | Communication and Engagement Officer

Devonport City Council | 03 6424 0562| tcreedon@devonport.tas.gov.au