2007 Multicultural Food and Dance Spectacular, impressions and pictures.

johnboy 11 February 2007 18

The Food and Dance Spectacular for 2007 took place yesterday and while it remains one of my favourite days on the Canberra calendar there are increasing signs the event’s character is changing in unwelcome ways. More and more groups of white anglo folks are slapping on an orange ribbon and claiming the crowds are vindicating their own narrow agenda when really the crowds are there for the food, the fun, and the beers.

As but one example, here are the Resistance types flogging Che Guevara shirts and copies of Watermelon Weekly.

Which isn’t to say you can’t still get beer.

Zwiecz from the While Eagle Polish Club was a good start.

I’ll just take a moment now to put in GuruJ’s take on the day which he submitted as a story:

Went to the Multicultural Festival today despite expecting to get thoroughly rained upon, and had a great time.

They’ve closed off the section of London Circuit at the Canberra Theatre/Legislative Assembly intersection, and I think it has helped make the festival feel both larger and less cramped.

Loved the food (everyone should try Ćevapčići at least once in their lives), and I recommend the Żywiec (Polish) beer!

Oh, and to see how lucky the Festival has been not to get rained out, just have a look at this snapshot from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Back to the RiotACT team, we were lucky enough to see that rarest of things, dancers who were of a different cultural background to our own, and who were not belly dancing!

A Phillipino tent provided meat on a stick and all was well in the world.

The Belgians were magnificently true to type with an astonishingly complex bureaucratic process involved to get a beer (in a plastic glass even if it came in a perfectly good bottle like everyone else was selling). Furthermore they didn’t actually have any of the promised gourmet sausages.

The Golden Carolus we drank did, however, knock our socks off at 8.5% alcohol.

The African Australian Association had a great stand running with their own entertainment, merchandise, interesting food, and beer from Namibia.

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18 Responses to 2007 Multicultural Food and Dance Spectacular, impressions and pictures.
smee smee 1:16 pm 13 Feb 07

The best stuff was on late at night. 11:30pm Sat night “Oka” hit the Fringe stage. We’d just finished packing up another stage nearby when they came on and the sound dragged me across the street and held me there until they finished around 1:30am. Fantastic!

Al Al 5:05 pm 12 Feb 07

Gave the festival the big miss this year after last year’s either Ethiopian or Russian fare saw me hospitalised with Giardia poisoning…
Most unpleasant – both the poisoning AND the hospital.

Blamemonkey Blamemonkey 11:10 am 12 Feb 07

Savannah Is a tasty cider, drink of choice while over there, except for fosters which was a breakfast beer

Fiona Fiona 11:00 am 12 Feb 07

There was plenty of time yesterady for th organisations, no need to put them in with the great food on saturday!

johnboy johnboy 10:48 am 12 Feb 07

It isn’t a Che Guevara shirt, it’s a shirt supporting Hugo Chavez

And the bloke wearing the Chavez shirt was selling the Che shirts.

Ralph Ralph 10:38 am 12 Feb 07

What a surprise to see the left out supporting their latest dictator de jour.

bonfire bonfire 10:19 am 12 Feb 07

one of my comrades lookedx at the range of 2 dollar badges the SL were flogging and commented that nothing had really changed in the 20 years since he had left uni…

his wife pointed out that i use this festival as an excuse to get drunk on as many different foreign beers as possible.

the cuban beer was pretty good. very hopsy.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 10:02 am 12 Feb 07

Is there a difference?

lumnock lumnock 9:32 am 12 Feb 07

It isn’t a Che Guevara shirt, it’s a shirt supporting Hugo Chavez…

West_Kambah_4eva West_Kambah_4eva 8:12 am 12 Feb 07

Johnboy, you’re overreacting to the European Commission/Union stuff. It was really just harmless tourist info, and my girlfriend and I found it quite helpful as we’re going over in August.

Plus the best food of the day were the souvlakis at the greek tent in the corner near the Theatre, and the best drink was the Tongan mystical fruit punch of the Gods.

johnboy johnboy 10:04 pm 11 Feb 07

travelling in Russia I was really impressed with a blood red real ale they served at room temperature, never came across anything like it before or since.

but most russians do prefer the hard stuff

Mess Mess 9:44 pm 11 Feb 07

yeah the russian beer is called baltika or something similar and they have a few different styles, i noticed it last time i was in there, i havent had it yet tho, so let me know if it is any good.

Snarky Snarky 7:35 pm 11 Feb 07

Russian beer?? Is there really such a beast? I thought it was all pretty much vodka with a J&B for a bit of variety.

Pandy Pandy 7:14 pm 11 Feb 07

Thxs Mess!!!

Mess Mess 6:07 pm 11 Feb 07

If you guys are after more russian and polish beer they sell them at dan murphys in tuggeranong, pretty cheap too. they also sell the belgian one as well.

Pandy Pandy 5:49 pm 11 Feb 07

I got there at 10am: Plenty of parking: No crowds: Still fairly cool. Time enough to get my yearly supplies from the Russian tent. Most were selling food and some were already selling beers.

Pandy Pandy 5:46 pm 11 Feb 07

Geez that belly dancer on the right is preggos.

kimba kimba 11:27 am 11 Feb 07

Congrats to the organisers….this year’s festival was really well organised and set up. I particularly like how the stalls were spread out this year and that more of City Walk and Ainslie Ave/Civic Square was utilised. The stages were also better placed.

Poo poo to the Labor Club for setting up in direct competion to the community groups. The Labor Club wont be happy untill they have wiped out more community groups and clubs across the city.

And a sobering thought….just about every dollar spent at the Labor Clubs Inc ends up in Stanhope’s electoral coffers.

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