THOUSANDS of hungry patrons flocked to Benjafield Park in Moonah recently to sample the diverse array of food and music available at this year’s Moonah Taste of the World.
The annual event offered a wide array of food originating from areas such as Bhutan, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Liberia, Korea, Sierra Leone, Italy and India.
A diverse program of music, dance and performance was also on offer with two stages programmed by Michael McLaughlin, from the Moonah Arts Centre, and Matthew Fargher, from Bedlam Music.
This included performances by the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist community, Tea House Trio, Latin-American band Son Del Sur, as well as a duet from local dancers Fabrice Bisimwa and Patrick Blip.
Mr Fargher said the quality and range of performances present at the event was inspiring.
“I think Fabrice and Patrick’s performance shows how the festival can throw up some surprising and original acts every year,” he said.
“It was great to put on the main stage an act that we would see more on a street corner or in a shopping mall, but there it was for all the festival to see.
“It was a world-class piece of street hip hop and audiences loved it.”
Festival-goers were also treated to a large marquee full of activities for all ages, including the opportunity to crush grapes, play bocce or experience a cooking master-class.
Festival committee chair alderman Christine Lucas said she was thrilled with the number of people who attended the event.
“It is wonderful to see the considerable increase in crowds and also the diversity of our audiences,” she said.
“I would like to thank all the stallholders, the musicians, the performers, the hard working team of volunteers and the public for continuing to support this important event.”
Caption: The Moonah Taste of the World Festival featured an exciting program of entertainment, delicious food and community activities. Images supplied.