TASTE OF CULTURE: Thirty vendors will showcase dishes from up to 15 different cultures at Dalby's Delicious and Delightful festival this year.
TASTE OF CULTURE: Thirty vendors will showcase dishes from up to 15 different cultures at Dalby's Delicious and Delightful festival this year. Susan Jacobs

Foodie paradise at multicultural festival

EVERYONE knows the saying 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach', but it's the heart of the community that organisers are hoping to win with food from around the world at Dalby's Delicious and Delightful Festival.

Amy Syrmis from Dalby Welcoming Community believes food is an important part of appreciating other cultures.

"Food is the gateway. It doesn't matter what your background is, it doesn't matter what language you speak, food has always been the gateway,” she said.

"The Australian culture is made up of multicultural influences and you never see that so strong as you do on a plate.”

The Dalby community will once again experience tastes from around the world when Delicious and Delightful kicks off next week, bringing more than 30 food vendors to the multicultural festival.

International palates will be satisfied with a range of cuisines on offer, including Turkish, German, Dutch, Japanese, Greek, Iranian, Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Spanish, South African, Hungarian, Russian and Australian.

Mrs Syrmis said there would be something for everyone at the festival, with both sweet and savoury treats and everything from a quick snack to a big meal.

"We make sure we cover as much as possible, not just in way of nationalities and varieties but also what a four-year-old will eat is different to what a 40-year- old will eat, so we try to cover everyone,” she said.

Old favourites like the Dalby Donut Man, Chip on a Stick and woodfired pizza will return this year, as well as some new additions to tickle the taste buds.

Mrs Syrmis encourages the community to get out of their comfort zone and experience a taste of different cultures at the festival.

"It's always exciting to see so many different vendors bring so many different elements to the festival as well, because the food isn't just about the food, it's their culture,” she said.

"We have some food vendors who are entertainment in their own right.

"They bring the essence of who they are not just in their food but in the way they speak and interact.

"All these new food experiences give us an opportunity to experience what people in larger communities get to experience.

"Just because we're in a small country town doesn't mean we should be isolated.

"If anything it means we need to make sure we're more open to new experiences, and this is a great way of having a taste of that without leaving our comfort zone.”


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