Plenty of food for thought at festival

From Left: Danielle Terpou, Rob Pasquale, Rebecca Sherriffs, Darko Todoroski (Macedonian Student Association). ECU Food Festival
From Left: Danielle Terpou, Rob Pasquale, Rebecca Sherriffs, Darko Todoroski (Macedonian Student Association). ECU Food Festival

It was the third time the International Food Festival, formerly the Macedonian Food Festival, has run at ECU Joondalup, featuring traditional food from around the world and cultural acts, including an Italian piano accordion and Irish, Spanish Flamenco, native Australian and belly dancers.

‘It (the festival) is held to celebrate Perth’s cultural diversity and to come together with a common love and appreciation of food,’ event coordinator Rob Pasquale said.

He said the festival was first started by Perth’s Macedonian community.

‘It was used to showcase over 30 Macedonian cuisines, traditional dancers from the Republic of Macedonia and traditional music and instrument displays,’ he said.

‘In 2012, the festival grew to include other countries including Italy, Israel and Turkey to name a few, so the name could no longer be the Macedonian food festival.’

He said participants, which included staff, students and members of the public, were encouraged to wear their country’s colours to the festival.

This year’s festival also included a study abroad and student exchange stall.