A Taste of Blackfalds brought cuisine from around the world to local residents.
The event, held Sunday as a part of Blackfalds Days, grew from eight vendors last year to 19 this year.
“It’s an opportunity for cultures to create community with one another,” said Chris Keim, owner of After the Grind in Blackfalds who organized the event. “We have so much to offer and learn from each other.”
Having a meal together is a great way to get to know one another.
“It builds relationships and makes someone want to live somewhere.”
For instance, a woman participating in Taste of Blackfalds, came from Afghanistan after watching her entire family be murdered. She came to Canada and through her cooking has gotten to know local residents.
“Food is so important,” said Keim.
It took dozens of volunteers to bring the Taste of Blackfalds to the Community Hall. Six people worked on planning the event throughout the year and then about 35 were needed to pull off the event, said Keim.
Three different kitchens were used to prepare the food, including the Blackfalds Community Hall, The Blackfalds Fellowship Church and After the Grind.
The majority of the vendors were from Blackfalds with some coming from Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.
Keim said the organizers would like to put on a larger event next year but are limited by space and looking at ways to accommodate more vendors.
– Blackfalds LIFE