Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and Jordan, just to name a few. You can take a trip around the world and eat until you need to unbutton your jeans (I wore stretchy pants) without even leaving Canberra.
The festival runs from Friday through to Sunday, and this year we decided to spend Valentine’s day (Saturday) at the festival with some friends. We headed into the city at about 12:30pm, it was raining and I have to admit I was not very excited about walking around in the rain, but once we reached the festival I forgot all about it and without even realising the rain soon stooped.
The upside was that the festival wasn’t as busy as other years due to the weather. In previous years I remember being able to hardly move through the crowds whilst sweating like crazy in 30-something degree heat. The rain did stop though and the crowds soon grew.
We spent two hours at the festival and stopped at so many stalls, indulging in sweet fairy floss,
delicious Macedonian kebabs,
interesting Serbian sweets, amazing Italian cannoli, tasty Turkish gozleme,
fruity alcoholic beverages, fresh lemonade, out of this world pork belly and sweet potato burgers from Mr. Papa – the list goes on.
In between food stops we watched many talented performers. There were guys playing bagpipes, indigenous dancers, belly dancers, street performers, not to mention these cuties in traditional Macedonian dress getting ready for their performance.
I felt as though this year was the best National Multicultural Festival yet, it was a great vibe, the stall holders were way more organized than in previous years, the festival itself had a better stall layout, and everyone was really in a festive spirit representing their countries and causes, as many were there raising money for charities, with such passion.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a better Valentine’s date, the festival was the perfect way to spend the day, and I wasn’t the only one who thought that spending a day gorging on food with the one you love was a fabulous idea; there were hundreds of couples and hundreds of girls with red roses.
I was even lucky enough to end up with a beautiful red rose of my own.I am already looking forward to next years Multicultural Festival.