Whit­ney Pier Melt­ing Pot Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val un­der­way

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH Chris­tian.roach@cb­post.com

Whit­ney Pier Melt­ing Pot Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val un­der­way.

Cul­tures from around the world are be­ing cel­e­brated this week as the fifth an­nual Whit­ney Pier Melt­ing Pot Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val gets un­der­way.

The event, which started Mon­day, and has been draw­ing crowds since the start of the fes­ti­val. On Tues­day, dozens of peo­ple lined up at the Royal Canadian Le­gion in Whit­ney Pier to have a taste of Mex­i­can dishes.

Cape Bre­ton­ers were thrilled to get a chance to in­dulge in foods that Cana­di­ans don’t of­ten have a chance to try. “You don’t al­ways re­al­ize how much di­ver­sity a smaller place like Cape Bre­ton has. Some­thing like this kind of high­lights it, where you can ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent back­grounds, dif­fer­ent meals and dif­fer­ent cul­tures,” said Theresa Odo, from New Water­ford, who was of many who lined up to have a Cape Bre­ton-cooked Mex­i­can meal.

The meal on Tues­day also re­minded peo­ple that the event brings peo­ple to­gether.

“This is so in­clu­sive, ev­ery­body’s wel­come and there’s lots of dif­fer­ent cul­tures to try, so some­body’s who has never had a cer­tain type of food, it’s a re­ally great way to come down and try some­thing,” said Lenore Pars­ley.

One of the or­ga­niz­ers, Alan Nathanson said food is one of the most pow­er­ful ways to bring peo­ple to­gether.

“Food rep­re­sents cul­tures and in our mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety. There’s a de­sire to try and bring the cul­tures to­gether, be­cause each culture seems to ex­ist onto it­self,” said Nathanson. “By try­ing dif­fer­ent things each year with the mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­val, we re­ally bring things to­gether for ev­ery­one.”

Emily Odo said she liked that the fes­ti­val brought to­gether peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“You get to see all of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures here, I like that, and that’s what I like about trav­el­ling, you get to see all of the dif­fer­ent things in­stead of what you see in a nor­mal dayto-day ba­sis,” said Odo.

All meals are $12 and the fes­ti­val will con­tinue un­til Fri­day.


Sarah McDougall pre­pares a meal for cus­tomers at the Whit­ney Pier Melt­ing Pot Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day.

Theresa Odo

Emily Odo


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