Fiesta celebrates Mexican culture

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Members of the Mexican community pose at the themed photo booth. Photos: Luisa Girao

THE colours and flavours of Mexican culture filled the Southern Institute of Technology last weekend.

The Southland Multicultural Council held the Mexican Fiesta last Saturday.

Co-organiser Rodrigo Revilla said the Mexican community was getting bigger in Invercargill so they decided to create the event to celebrate its culture.

“As we have more and more people from the community living here, we decided to do the first Mexican celebration in Invercargill.

“I think we have 12 [Mexican students at SIT] and this is a big number for our community.”

About 200 attendees tried the Mexican flavours, culture and traditional games, including a “chilli contest” where people tried three types of traditional spicy salsa hot and super hot.

Mexican national Jorge Hernandez who has lived in Invercargill for seven years, said it was a great opportunity to share the culture with the community.

However, he believed most people would only trial the mild salsa as the super hot could be “too strong” for New Zealanders.

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