Food festival ‘celebrating diversity’

    Brazilians (from left) Nathalia Paiva, Elisangela Oliveira Pont and Thiago Sa cooked some snacks from their home country for the Southland community to try at the Southland Multicultural Food Festival on Saturday.

    FOOD from around the world was on the menu at the Southland Multicultural Food Festival.

    Hundreds of people flocked to ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill on Saturday to taste the cuisine of other countries, including Korea, Brazil, Jamaica and Colombia.

    Southland Multicultural Council co-ordinator Meggy Bartlett-McBride said the event, which had 30 food stalls, was also an opportunity to acknowledge Race Relations Day, celebrated on Sunday.

    “The event is pretty much about coming together, celebrating the diversity of our Southland region.”

    The event also featured cultural performances throughout the day.

    Chinese national Amanda Huang has been living in Invercargill for the past two years.

    Along with her husband Allen Huang and daughter Eva, she enjoyed the opportunity to try food from a variety of countries.

    “We always eat Chinese food at home almost every day. So it is good to try something different.”

    South Africans Anton and Lize Jooste were a bit disappointed they could not find any food from their home country at the festival.

    However, this did not dampen their spirits as the couple and their daughter Line Joost (3) made the most of the event by tasting other dishes “it is great to have everyone here celebrating the diversity,” Mrs Jooste said.

    “Maybe next year we can bring a bit of our South African food to the event. It would be great.”