THE Bundaberg Multicultural Festival more than lived up to its name with a variety of music and food to tickle the ear drums and tantalise the tastebuds.

In its 23rd year, and showing no signs of slowing down, the festival attracted a decent crowd to Riverside Parkland, Quay St, yesterday, even with overhead clouds threatening to ruin proceedings.

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise hosted the event and member and festival organiser Peter Peterson said the weather gods were on the festival's side as was the community.

"The crowd has been great and the comments we are getting from the entertainers is that the festival here is one of the best they go to when it comes to stages and sound quality," he said.

Mr Peterson said he was unsure if crowd numbers had broken the 20,000 mark as figures were still being tallied.

"I want to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and community for supporting the event," he said.

Entertaining the crowd were bands such as family favourite The Twine and returning favourite Slainte, while the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band marched up and down Quay St to the majestic tune of Scotland the Brave.

In a tremendous vote of confidence that bodes well for the festival's future, Mr Peterson said stallholders were already inquiring about next year's event.

"It is a great sign," Mr Peterson said.

From local favourites such as Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream, Nana's Pantry, as well as international cuisine from countries such as Thailand, Hungary and Greece, patrons patiently queued up for their slice of the delectable food and drink on offer.

"Stallholders are coming from further afield like Brisbane and Sunshine Coast," Mr Peterson said.

"The event is starting to make a mark, which is tremendous."

Mr Peterson said the festival would continue to evolve as it catered to the increasing demand of the community, entertainers and stallholders.

"We learn every year to make the event better," Mr Peterson

"Only a few years ago there was no dedicated website and now there is with a dedicated Facebook page as well."

Mr Peterson said the majority of the proceeds went back to the Bundaberg community.

"Our major sponsor is Ronald McDonald House and our region is the biggest user of Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland," he said.



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