After what felt like an eternity of rainy weather, the sun came out to play just in time for this year’s multicultural festival at Centenary Lakes. At first glance it didn’t look too big, but at closer inspection we found quite a few cultures represented.
What would a multicultural festival be without Chinese dragons? This festival had three very endearing dragons mingling with the crowd, stealing hearts and leaving smiles wherever they went. The Martial Arts was also well represented with lots of young ones showing a keen interest.
A great highlight of any multicultural festival for me is the opportunity to taste so many cuisines. This one was no exception, there were wood fired pizzas from the Italians, crepes from the French, delicious curries from India, Australia spuds as well as kebabs to name a few. One thing that was different at this festival though, was the multicultural cooking demonstrations.
The stalls displayed beautiful wares from Taiwan, Uganda, Sudan and various other African nations. Two stalls in particular made an impression on me. The first one was a quiet man selling his life story (in book form) about how he escaped war torn Sudan. At the other stall we met the lovely Regine from Taiwan. She is a first time solo traveller selling products designed by her to fund her travels.
Quite a few community groups made the effort to set up a display and educate the public about their role. We were very impressed by a five year old orphan bat and his keeper. She gave us an insight into bats and their importance for Australian native plants. Should you like to learn more or get involved at some level, visit www.bats.org.au
After lunch we settled down for a bit of entertainment on centre stage. We enjoyed dances from the Polynesian community, belly dancing as well as traditional dances from a Bulgarian dance group.
It was a fun day in the sun and definitely something we would attend again.
Where? Centenary Lakes, Morayfield Road, Caboolture