On the heels of an event that saw impressive year-on-year attendance growth in 2019, a popular Westman winter pastime is set to return next month with one additional opportunity to experience the diversity that makes up our fine city.
The Westman Multicultural Festival shared today that one more pavilion will be joining the fold for the upcoming 2020 event with El Salvador accompanying ten returnees.
The sights, sounds and tastes of the Central American country will be on full display over all three days of the event from a location at the North End Community Centre on Stickney Avenue. Among items that can be expected on the menu are Papusas, Empanadas, Yuca Frita and Tamales. Among beverages available will be the sweet rice milk beverage known as a horchata.
According to a 2016 Canada census profile for Brandon, the city had at that time a population of 905 whose place of birth was El Salvador.
El Salvador joins England, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mauritius, Métis, Mexico, Philippines, Scotland, and Ukraine on the 11 pavilion roster.
Also of note, next month’s event will be held one week earlier from what had been typical in previous years from January 23-25. The new dates will avoid date conflict with major events Ag Days and Dakota Nation Winterfest.
2019 saw a reported 6.5% growth in attendance over the previous year.
Today the festival also announced that former City Councillor and MLA Jim McCrae has assumed the role of event chair.
Details on the 2020 Westman Multicultural Festival can be learned at http://gotothepavilions.com
Photos: Carlos Munoz (Mexico), Photography by Tanya Smith (India), Brandon Troyanda School of Ukrainian Dancers (Ukraine)