Can you taste it?

4 March 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Can you taste it?|

THE “must-attend” festival of the season – the Moonah Taste of the World Festival – is set to hit its 10-year milestone later this month.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was proud of the community support which had seen this once small event in a Moonah car park turn into one of the City of Glenorchy’s most popular events.

“The success of this event demonstrates Glenorchy as a welcoming city that values the diversity that enriches our community, and the positive contributions everyone can make in improving the quality of community life,” she said.

“Council believes that through ensuring the rights and opinions of all in our multicultural community are heard, valued and respected, we create a City where each person is equal and empowered to make a positive contribution to the way we live.

“Watching this event go from strength to strength over the years, it is clear our community feels the same way and shows this through their ongoing support of the Moonah Taste of the World.”

Liberatore Allocca – who has been involved with Moonah Taste of the World since its infancy and whose freshly cooked pasta with napoletana sauce and frittelle has become an absolute must eat at the event – said he looked forward to the event each year.

“I’m very happy to participate with lots of different countries and people,” he said.

“Everyone learns a lot from each other with food and culture.

“I believe what makes Moonah Taste of the World really special is the vast array of countries represented in the area and the community support and celebration of different cultures.

“The biggest change I’ve seen in 10 years is the increase of community support, which has been warming to see.”

Last year, more than 12,000 people attended the event, with the number tipped to rise this year.

The festival will boast more than 30 food stalls showcasing delicious dishes from across the globe.

Glenorchy City Council provides support, training and equipment to give local communities the launchpad to take part in this increasingly popular event.

In addition to the food on offer, the event includes cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and a full line up of performances on multiple stages around the park.

Tracy Zhou, a Tasmanian resident for six years, owns and runs her own dance studio called Fantasy Belly Dance.

Ms Zhou said she was looking forward to performing on the main stage for the first time this year.

“I have enjoyed dancing since childhood and as Glenorchy is such an inclusive city, I feel very comfortable to show my culture to local people through dance,” she said.

“I believe embracing cultural artistic events lead to a rich and more connected life.”

The food and cultural entertainment festival will be held at Benjafield Park on Sunday 22 March from 11am to 4pm.

For more information on the event, visit gcc.tas.gov.au, phone 6216 6800 or email mtotw@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: From left, Moonah Taste of the World newcomer Tracy Zhou, of Fantasy Belly Dance Studio, with 10-year veteran and sponsor Liberatore Allocca.

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