Gladstone feast savours the flavour of diversity
THE diverse natural of Gladstone's multicultural community was highlighted over the weekend at a multicultural feast.
The feast was part of the 2014 Multicultural Week which celebrates the cultural wealth of the region.
It marked day two of the nine-day multicultural program, which includes storytelling, photography, film, art, sport and plenty more.
Around 100 people from English, Phillipino, Australian, Indian, and South African backgrounds enjoyed dishes influenced by the respective nationalities.
There was lasagne, curry, soup, pie, meatballs, pasta and rich desserts on offer, a wonderful aroma filling the room at the Leo Zussino dining hall at CQUniversity.
Organiser Heather Stevens said a number of parents volunteered to cook a meal to share.
"The aim of the feast is to encourage people to socialise.
"We have people here from Sydney, Brisbane, Mackay and other areas," she said.
Chanel College student Aish Chandrasekara, 14, enjoyed the evening, needing brain food after a big day of thinking at the city's major chess tournament.
"I have won against one person so far. I am pretty serious about chess, I practice with my brother a lot," he said.
"I've been playing for seven years, it's cool."
Festivities for the Multicultural Week are in full steam, with a French Night on Wednesday at Brassears Restaurant and an Irish Night at Dicey's on Friday.