SUBURBAN Moonah took on an international flavour on Sunday 26 March as it hosted the seventh annual Taste of the World Festival.
Families and groups flocked to Benjafield Park to celebrate the city’s multicultural diversity with great food, music and entertainment presented by local migrant communities.
Glenorchy Council Commissioner Sue Smith said the festival was a tremendous success, with more than 10,000 people attending on the day.
“More than 30 community groups and businesses showcased their cuisines and produce, and a range of talented entertainers presented their music, dance and culture,” she said.
“It was an entertaining and fun-filled day. We saw many families and groups come and celebrate, and the free entry and two performance stages offered great entertainment and plenty of activities.”
The Nyrstar Eat Street was the centrepiece of the festival, with ethnic food from India, Germany, Tibet, Indonesia, France, Bhutan, Italy, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Sierra Leone and many more countries.
The performances stages featured the popular Lion Dance by the Tasmanian Buddhist community, as well as Bollywood dancing from India and more traditional temple dance styles. Local Nigerian and South African children performed for the first time, as well as entertainment from members of the Ethiopian, Greek, Indonesian and South Sudanese communities.
A highlight of the music program was the performance of the eight-piece local Latin American band Chupacabra, who performed their distinct form of Central American party music called ‘Tascumbia’.
People also enjoyed music from Soweto in South Africa, Persian hip-hop and Afghani pop from the group Paywandi. The group played a variety of popular happy Afghan and Persian songs in keeping with the spirit of the festival.
The festival also celebrated Harmony Day and the Glenorchy Cultural Diversity Committee presented a range of activities, crafts and giveaways.
Commissioner Smith said the festival had something for everyone.
“Event sponsors, Nyrstar and the RACT, conducted activities through the day and ABC Radio broadcast live from the event,” she said.
“Council organisers, community groups and our partners and sponsors worked extremely hard to present a vibrant event that celebrated Glenorchy’s diversity and so many aspects of our multicultural community.”
Caption: Cultural groups served up traditional cuisine at the seventh annual Moonah Taste of the World Festival.