UNE International Hub officer and organiser of the 2018 Armidale Cultural Festival due to be held in the Beardy Street Mall from 5pm – 8.30pm on Thursday, December 6, Mrs Dunya Alruhaimi thinks this year’s event will see another good turnout.
“I think we have 53 nationalities, either students of refugees who live here,” she said.
“For the event this year we have 16 countries participating and each country will hold a stall and cook food from their countries and serve the food for free for people.”
Mrs Alruhaimi said each country would prepare main dishes and sweet dishes and there would be drinks available as well. She said last year’s event was very successful.
“We got lots of positive feedback about it. People kept asking if we were doing it again this year,” she said.
“The idea of serving food for free is really something very good. We allocated a budget for this event and this year we allocated $300 for each country to cook, and most of those people are from the university, either PhD students or Master students.
“They are volunteering their time to cook to show there culture to the local community.”
Mrs Alruhaimi said as well as food stalls, there would be lots of cultural dance performances for people to see.