Feast was back after two years, transforming Minto’s Redfern Park into a festive blend of sights, sounds and tastes from all over the world.

And as the scouts paraded large international flags fluttering in the afternoon breeze, we were reminded that today, more than 70 nationalities call Campbelltown home.

“Campbelltown is home to one of the most diverse and multicultural communities in South West Sydney,” said Mayor George Greiss.

“By coming together and celebrating these cultures at Feast, residents are able to explore the customs and delicious foods of our multicultural community, while connecting with their traditions.”

All the local familiars were there, introduced by the dynamic MC Jannike Larae… Pak Hoi Pai’s Lion Dance, Spirit of the Islands Dance Company, the Ingleburn RSL & Community Pipes and Drums, colourful Nepalese Dancers, Roots Yoga Life, Swastik’s energetic Bollywood performance and many more.

Cr Masood Chowdhury walked around looking rightfully pleased with himself, that a simple multicultural food festival which he had proposed for Minto has grown into such a vibrant celebration.

The vibe was great, kids had a blast following their passport trail, many tried their hands at sushi-making, Aboriginal craft and origami lantern-making, or stopped by the South West Multicultural and Community Centre stall where Mal Fruean even had the multifaceted Tito doing an animated cooking demo before running off onto stage!

As Campbelltown Rotary’s Tammy Hatch put it, “What better way to spend an evening than celebrating US!”

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