Mark Riley of Riley Balsawood Surfboards
Silver Beach Kurnell - where dogs can have a dip
Cook at Kurnell
Latin rhythms, Cumbia Muffin
25 March 19
Peruvian beer, mojitos, smoked slow cooked platters, live Latin music, Mark Riley from Riley Balsawood Surfboards shaping on the spot – and you might win a custom board or a brand new Mazda.
This will all be happening at Kurnell on Sydney’s Southside - the place where Captain James Cook landed on April 29 1770, making the first contact with the original inhabitants of the area, the Gweagal Indigenous Australians, while navigating his way up the East Coast of Australia on the Endeavour. Cook and his crew stayed at Kurnell for a period of eight days. During their visit, they collected botanical specimens, mapped the area and tried to make further contact (unsuccessfully) with the indigenous population. When Cook reported back to England he said that the land was suitable for agriculture and was lightly wooded.
Mark Occhilupo was born in 1966 in Kurnell and in 1999 made one of sport’s greatest comebacks, capturing the world surfing title at age 33.
In 2007 when Scomo took over from Bruce Baird as the Member of Parliament for Cook many locals said he would go all the way. And he did, and is now the Prime Minister of Australia, and he still calls the Port Hacking his home.
The 30th March 2019 will be another great day! The South American Smoke N Fiesta hits Kurnell with a bang.
At 3 pm there will be a huge barby smoker that will be slowly smoking a delicious range of South American meats and chorizos for 10 hours with chimichurri sauces and salads.
Wash these down with some Peruvian beer and other international beers.
Bring the family down to have a play in the playground and bring your dog to have a run and a swim at Silver Beach (dogs welcome inside the fiesta on a lead).
Mark Riley from Riley Balsawood Surfboards will be showing how a balsa board is made with some specials on offer like half price DVDs and DIY school kits available.
You could get lucky and win a new Mazda 3 or a custom-built balsa board, all it takes is a $5 raffle ticket with all the proceeds to go to the Elouera nippers.
If that wasn't enough to take in, wait until you hear Ben Lawes playing his acoustic music during the afternoon – check him out here
After night falls you can dust off the dance shoes and sway to the Latin percussions of Cumbia Muffin until late. Check out these guys here
This all happens at Cook at Kurnell - 308 Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell New South Wales - phone 0410 602 062
- REPORT FROM COOK AT KURNELL