Cultures unite at Delicious and Delightful Festival
SANDEEP Pal Singh is proud to now call himself an Australian citizen.
The Flavours of India owner first moved to the country eight years ago in search of a bright future.
He found it in the hospitality industry.
Mr Singh moved from Brisbane to start his Indian restaurant in Dalby more than two years ago.
"It's a good place to live in. People are very friendly," he said.
Mr Singh, along with his wife Rajbir Kaur and daughter Gursimran Kaur, became Australian citizens at a ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
The family was among 24 new citizens welcomed during the Delicious and Delightful festival.
Thousands of people descended on Anderson Park on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate multiculturalism through food, music and dance.
The festival capped off Saturday with an animal-themed lantern parade along the banks of the Myall Creek.
Festival organiser Beth Wood said the parade was lifted to a new level at the 2015 event.
"It was amazing to see 450 little lanterns going along there with children, parents and grandparents," Mrs Wood said.
Mrs Wood said the large lanterns created in town showcased the talent of local community members.
"We certainly hope we will have more and more groups involved in that next year."
The event spilled into Sunday with the busking competition finals and Continental Challenge for the youngsters.
Delicious and Delightful coincided with Queensland Multicultural Week, which ends on August 30.