It was my great pleasure to officially open the Moonah Taste of the World Festival, held at Benjafield Park in the heart of my electorate. This was the seventh annual Festival which I have supported and seen grow in popularity every year.
The event celebrates cultural diversity, multicultural heritage and social inclusion in the Glenorchy municipality and southern Tasmania, through food, dance, art, craft and music.
The Festival showcases and encourages everyone in our community to celebrate a broad range of cultures including Indian, Bhutanese, Liberian, Tibetan and many more. The rich cultural diversity that migrant communities bring to Tasmania makes an invaluable contribution to the fabric of our society, particularly in Glenorchy.
Glenorchy is the most culturally diverse municipality in Tasmania, with 17.8% of residents in West Moonah alone speaking a language other than English at home, compared to an average of 4.5% statewide.
This week being Harmony Week it is fitting there are more than 30 food stalls selling delicious cuisines from across the world, as well as performances and demonstrations, and the Festival always has something for the whole family to enjoy.
The Tasmanian Government has also been a long-term supporter of the festival, and I am again pleased to continue supporting it this year with $8 000 towards staging costs for the event.
The Glenorchy City Council and the Council’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee have played a vital role in the Festival's organisation, and I congratulate them all on another spectacular event.