Trent Ernst, Editor
Tumbler Ridge’s first ever multicultural festival proved popular with locals, as hundreds wandered through the arena on April 5 to take in the various cultures of Tumbler Ridge and area.
There were nearly a dozen stations around the centre, mostly featuring cultural crafts from around the world. Cultures represented include Aboriginal Australian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese and Filipino.
In the back corner were bouncy castles to occupy those too young to appreciate the craft stations or too quick for the rest of the family.
In the evening, well over 200 people gathered for supper, which featured various cultural dishes prepared by the local food service industry. Before the food was served, though, a group of First Nations drummers from Dawson Creek performed, followed by dancers from both the Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge Filipino communities.
Once the food had been cleared away, the arena was converted into a dance hall for the adults.
The event proved both educational and entertaining.