Cultures on show for thousands at Taste of the World Festival

THE thousands of patrons who flocked to the recent Moonah Taste of the World Festival was evidence of the support shown towards the many cultures that choose to live and work within the City of Glenorchy and throughout Tasmania.

The diversity of the food, music, activities and experiences was extraordinary this year, with the largest number of community food stalls and exceptional performances on both stages.

ABC presenter Joel Rheinberger roamed the grounds as the community food stalls prepped their dishes and the musicians tuned their instruments.

For two hours the music, recipes and stories from Columbia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Malaysia, amongst many others, were shared with thousands of ABC listeners, while patrons embraced the colour, aromas and excitement of the day.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said that she was thrilled at the response to the event.

“It is so important to us, and clearly to our community, that we welcome and support people from all cultures,” she said.

This festival demonstrates the diversity, the stories and the people who are so important to the Glenorchy and more broadly to the Tasmanian story.

This year organisers invited patrons to taste, experience and participate, encouraging them to try new foods, talk to stallholders, interact with performers and attend workshops.

Following a very successful pre-festival workshop program, the Salt Water Sisters invited patrons to be part of a unique workshop in Pacific Island music.

It was a performance and workshop combined as onlookers wondered at the sublime voices of Maori, Fijian and Aboriginal singers and learnt some of the songs.

This was one of a number of free participatory experiences offered on the day with hundreds experiencing Tai Chi, wine pressing, belly dancing and an Aboriginal/African singing and dance workshop.

Hundreds of children participated in the cultural activities that were offered by schools, community organisations and businesses, while they also enjoyed the delicious desserts and food on offer.

The Filippino bacon was a hit, as was the sweet creamy Malaysian semolina and the Columbian corn cakes.

It was a smorgasbord for food lovers who lined up again and again to taste another new flavour.

Growing from strength to strength, this one of a kind event is fast becoming the ‘must see’ festival in Tasmania.

To register your interest in the 2020 Moonah Taste of the World email mtotw@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Rosa Angle cooks up a storm at the Arepa Tas Columbian community food stall.