Jenna Woods and Siobhan Lowth wear traditional Japanese kimonos at the Bundaberg Multicultural Festival.
Jenna Woods and Siobhan Lowth wear traditional Japanese kimonos at the Bundaberg Multicultural Festival. Max Fleet

Multicultural day a big hit

IT was a festival full of food, family and most of all fun and Bundaberg residents enjoyed every minute of it.

The 2010 Bundaberg Multicultural Festival promised entertainment and, according to guests, it delivered.

Bundaberg resident Felicity Moran and her four children attended and said there was a surprise to be found around every turn.

“This is about the third time we’ve come to the festival,” Ms Moran said.

“The kids all love it.”

Ms Moran said the kids had a hard time choosing what to do.

“Miya loves getting her face painted,” she said.

“The boys really enjoy climbing the rock wall.”

As for Ms Moran, she said she enjoyed browsing.

“I like looking at everything,” she said.

“There are some great stalls. It’s a really good day out with the family.”

Tongan born Tamaleti Lumby has lived in Moore Park for 13 years and was there yesterday to represent her country in the International Women’s Society parade.

Bundaberg women showed their culture from Pakistan to the Philippines by wearing traditional garb from their home countries.

Ms Lumby and her daughter Leonora represented Tonga in the parade.

“We are here to show the fashion and traditional costumes from our country,” Ms Lumby said.

“It’s so everyone can see and embrace the different cultures from around the world.”

Helen Gosper, a first time festival goer, said she was enjoying the day out.

“It’s our first time but it has been really good,” she said. “The kids are definitely kept entertained.”

Ms Gosper took four children to the day-long event and said the group was kept busy.

“The camel rides are great,” she said.

“The kids really loved the superslide as well. The girls had a ball on it.”

Former butcher Darrell Toovey said he was keen to try out the food and see how it stacked up against his former creations.

The verdict was good with Mr Toovey giving his stamp of approval to the food he tried including salt and pepper calamari, chorizo sausages and German sausages.

“It’s all been really good so far,” he said.

“It’s so everyone can see and embrace the different cultures from around the world.”



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