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Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania, Taste of the World Festival showcased food, dance, music and cultural activities from across the globe.

This unique one-day festival, held every March, involves schools, community groups and food businesses.

Thirty food stalls created unique and flavoursome dishes and several groups performed with many family activities and workshops on offer.

Mouth-watering dishes included cuisine from food stalls such as Lucky Sri Lankan Kitchen, Hazara Community, Hobart Malayali Association, Cantina Latina, Migrant Resource Centre, the Taste of Salvadorian Food, Tibet Kitchen and Ukrainian Cuisine.

Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston said, “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.

“An important aspect of the event was that it demonstrated 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, The United States of America, 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.”

The Ukrainian Community’s Marina Ladaniwskyj said it was the first festival they had participated in.

“Everyone has been really supportive and helped us a lot.
“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 kg of potatoes.

“We have loved how the community has embraced this [festival].