Wimmera HUB international food day celebrated in Horsham

BIG SOUND: Lubeck volunteer Margaret Reid, Horsham’s Maryan Bottros, originally of Egypt, and Rupanyup’s Bina Hastings, originally of Papua New Guinea, with scones at Wimmera HUB International Food Day. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

BIG SOUND: Lubeck volunteer Margaret Reid, Horsham’s Maryan Bottros, originally of Egypt, and Rupanyup’s Bina Hastings, originally of Papua New Guinea, with scones at Wimmera HUB International Food Day. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WIMMERA HUB’S English Language Program celebrated the region’s cultural melting pot with an international food day on Thursday.

Students from the program’s beginner and intermediate groups joined forces to prepare dishes from their culinary backgrounds.

Program trainer Bernadette Delahunty said the women, from China, Burma, Thailand, Egypt, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, were excellent cooks.

“The day is about food preparation, enhancing their English and also for us to learn from them as well,” she said.

A range of traditional dishes were prepared and enjoyed including crunchy spicy chicken, Thai coconut soup, Egyptian soup and an Australian favourite – scones.

Mrs Delahunty said despite the varied backgrounds and levels of the English language, the women formed strong partnerships in the kitchen at the Horsham Uniting Church.

“It’s been great seeing their skills and their sharing of ideas – they’ve all mixed together and are learning from each other,” she said.

The group participates in a range of other activities and were involved in Horsham’s Art is... festival.

“They’re gorgeous people,” Mrs Delahunty said.

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