Thousands flock to Moonah for annual cultural food festival

FOOD, dance, music and cultural activities from around the globe.

The City of Glenorchy took on a distinct international flavour when the popular Moonah Taste of the World Festival returned on Sunday 25 March.

The annual cultural food festival saw more than 6000 people flock to Benjafield Park, where they had their pick of food and entertainment from 30 food stalls and 28 groups performing over two stages.

Highlights on the day included the Dancing Divas and TAIKO drum workshops, followed by performances on stage with workshop participants.

Local schools also joined in the fun, hosting their own food stalls or activities.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the festival was a great opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity in Glenorchy.

“The festival has been running since 2011 and provides a great opportunity for people from all over the world to share their stories, food and culture,” she said.

“An important aspect of the event is that it demonstrates Glenorchy City Council’s commitment to being a member of the international Welcoming Cities Network.

“The network is part of an international movement of more than 120 cities in Australia, USA, Germany, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

“Glenorchy is the first Tasmanian city to become a member and one of only 15 cities and councils in Australia that has formally made the choice to create communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

“This also aligns with Council’s Community Plan commitment to welcome new arrivals from all countries and work with them to build on the multicultural traditions in our community through arts, food, music, entertainment and shared experiences.”

Marina Ladaniwskyj, from the Ukrainian Community, said this was the first festival they had participated in.

“Everyone has been really supportive and helped us out a lot,” she said.

“We sold out of between 600 and 700 dumplings, so had to start making more.

“We made about 40 litres of beetroot soup, called Borsch, and went through about 20-kilograms of potatoes.

“We love how the community has embraced this festival.”

Glenorchy City Council thanked event sponsors the Tasmanian Government and Nyrstar, as well as supporters Allocca Electrical, Two-Way Taxi Trucks, Moreton Group Medical Services and the Glenorchy Gazette.

Caption: Indonesian Kitchen’s Indri Lindsay cooking satay chicken at Moonah Taste of the World Festival.

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