One long table full of smiles

CHEERFUL NIGHT: Olivia and Caley Wales, Erin Redgwell, Alina, Tristan, Lucius and Lis Bruggemann enjoying themselves.
CHEERFUL NIGHT: Olivia and Caley Wales, Erin Redgwell, Alina, Tristan, Lucius and Lis Bruggemann enjoying themselves. Jessica Schremmer

A CULINARY feast and cultural performances delighted the senses of more than 2000 people who flocked to Heeney St for Chinchilla's One Long Table at the weekend.

Chinchilla transformed into a multicultural hub on Saturday night when 30 food stalls lined the main street serving up global delights, while a bustling kids activity area ensured children's spirits soared.

Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc (CCCI) Event Coordinator Gaye Smith said it was a fantastic and very successful event.

"The event showed great community involvement and support,” she said.

"It was a joint effort by the community.

"On the night we had over 70 volunteers from local businesses and people in the community, all doing an outstanding and enormous job.

"It was great to see a lot of families go home at the end of the night with big smiles on their faces.”

One Long Table first-timer Svetlana Seeto, originally from Moscow, sold traditional Russian caramels to share a piece of her homeland with the Chinchilla community.

"I love all the food festivals,” Ms Seeto said.

Locals Matt and Angela Wales from Chinchilla's Farmers Market provided Mexican food for the evening and Chelsey Goulter ran a Middle Eastern food stall.

Mrs Goulter said she travelled to Adelaide especially for One Long Table to get everything she needed.

For the Dalby Doughnut Man, Colin Watter, the event was a great opportunity to meet different people and provide delicious doughnuts for the large crowd.

As well as international cuisines, there were spectacular dance and music performances on stage.

Shaping Lives Dance Studio was first to take to the stage, which was a great opportunity for the young group to show off their dancing skills.

One mother of a budding dancer said the children worked very hard and it is nice to be able to have an opportunity to perform.

She said although the rough bitumen made it difficult for dancers used to a smooth stage they did a fantastic job.

"I am just so excited for them,” she said.

Ms Smith said a big thank you to One Long Table Committee Chairman Rohan Woodforth, who brought the whole event together to make it successful.

She thanked all 37 sponsors for their support and said she was already looking forward to the next One Long Table.

Topics:  chinchilla community dance international food multiculturalism one long table

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