First Gloucestershire Asian Food Festival comes to Cheltenham
By David Wood
Where: The Promenade, outside Cavendish House, Cheltenham, GL50 1HP
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 11am-6pm (11.15am start on Sunday).
The first Gloucestershire Asian Food Festival will be held in the heart of Cheltenham this weekend.
The event consists of food stalls selling a variety of Asian cuisines; Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, Thailand, Indian, Sri Lankan, Iranian & Persian food.
There will be unique Asian cultural performances throughout the event.
This event, which is free to attend, is an amazing opportunity for the people of Gloucestershire to come together to celebrate their cultural differences and to promote diversity through the experience of tasting various Asian Food and watching traditional performances.
This event aims to preserve the Asian culture and heritage by making it accessible to a wider audience, which results in the appreciation and inspiration to further explore the Asian culture.
This first Gloucestershire Asian Food Festival is initiated by Josephine Laurence, the director of the start-up company called Global UK Asia.
Originally from Malaysia and having lived in Gloucestershire for more than three years, Josephine saw some potential in the local area to start something creative and unique.
Josephine said: "Participating in cultural events is a good exposure for people to broaden their perspectives and gain more knowledge of the world which result in the acceptance and tolerance of other cultures".
This event provides an immersive experience whereby guests can try many different Asian cuisines (there are at least eight different Asian cuisines to try!), interacting to food holders themselves about their unique food, able to meet and speak with the lovely performers and even join in the performances.
Other than food, there will be stalls selling crafts and providing henna (body arts) service too. You can also find some rare traditional products made by the Indigenous people living in the jungle of Borneo at the event.
Everyone living in or outside of Gloucestershire is welcome to the event. Join us and immerse yourselves in a cultural experience!
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