A Taste of Culture is an annual event, celebrating food from different cultures around the world; USA, Spain, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Pakistan, Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, India, Sri Lanka.
It was a real feast of taste, with a steady stream of visitors enjoying free food tasting and a convivial atmosphere.
In a link-up with the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival, there was a recipe book swap during the event; people could bring unwanted recipe books and take one away. It was popular, with just two books left over to take to a charity shop afterwards.
MWG members worked hard to pull the event together in a short space of time, with particular credit going to Marina Kralina who persuaded people to bring their traditional dishes.
As well as sampling food and talking to stall holders, visitors could get a mehndi henna hand painting and join in dancing from Russia or an English morris dance. For children, there were art activities and a chance to try cake decoration.
Faith Stabler, a director of MWG, said: “It is so interesting to find out about food from around the world. I think it inspires the imagination. The book swap table with the link to the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival went well too. All the people I spoke to thought it was very enjoyable.”
Our visitors left many comments saying:
"Such a wonderful idea - friendly, generous, lovely",
"Great food and a chance to dance",
"Fabulous, really a great morning with lovely people",
"A lovely, inspiring experience. Enjoy coming each year. Love the diversity and tastes."
The Bangladeshi Support Centre group from Ipswich are staunch supporters, and said what a lovely warm atmosphere [MWG] managed to create.
Read a report in the Bury Free Press here