19 March ’13
The Festival of Cultures in Palmerston North has been getting bigger and more popular every year. The “boys” and I headed in to the Square just before midday so we could sample the delicious foods and call it lunch.
The first culture we encountered was the Rosewood Morris dancers, the very same dancers we saw at the Medieval Market in Levin. They’d roped in a bunch of onlookers and were trying to teach them some moves.
We didn’t see any food on offer though. I wonder what Morris dancers eat… Bangers and mash? Yorkshire pud?
We moved on in search of edibles. We found it in spades. Cambodian pork fried bread, rice and beef stew from the Philippines, sticky steamed buns filled with pork and relish. Oh my gosh, international culinary heaven!
A dish of rice, noodles and beans in a tasty red sauce from the Congo was served to us by a lovely lady in a fantastic headdress.
Now in search of drink to wash it all down with we shunned the overpriced cans of fizz and went for a delicious and refreshing cup of homemade lemonade. Perfect.
While that we’d been sampling these tasty treats all manner of people in costume and customary dress had been wandering about. These girls in bright dresses and head scarves attracted a lot of attention. This is one of my favourite photos from the day.
Lovely to see some many people out enjoying the balmy Palmy weather, people from all walks of life and corners of the earth rubbing shoulders and happy. The music, the atmosphere, the FOOD, and even the green grass underfoot made for a great family day.
We had an awesome time, the Festival is a wonderful celebration of the diversity that is our community.
What tasty treats from far afield have you enjoyed lately?