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Afghan cooking class connects Toowoomba communities

25 Oct 2016

Toowoomba residents’ culinary horizons widened on Saturday at the Afghan Culinary Celebration supported by Mercy Community Services, Multicultural Development Association and Toowoomba Regional Council.

Members of the region’s newest community who arrived here as refugees shared their cooking skills and culinary arts at a master class in preparing Afghan food held at St Luke’s Hall.

Budding MasterChefs explored new ingredients, cooking techniques and stories around a table of delicacies they prepared with the help of passionate home cooks from Afghanistan.

David Barton, Team Manager Cultural Diversity Hub Mercy Community Services in Toowoomba, explained how social connection comes through shared experiences.

‘Cooking together is a great way to reach across cultures and understand each other’, he said.

Funded by Multicultural Affairs Queensland, the culinary classes and shared meals were free.

Mercy Community Services in Toowoomba hopes to hold more events which connect new and old communities around a shared table of food prepared together.

Find out more!

For more details, contact Mercy Community Services Toowoomba and Warwick:
P 4617 7600

See also The Chronicle articles on the cooking class and on one participant's story of settling in Toowoomba.