Many cultures in FSJ being celebrated with some good eats

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The community is about to be exposed to the many cultures Fort St. John has to offer. Th…

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The community is about to be exposed to the many cultures Fort St. John has to offer.

The fourth annual Taste of Fort St. John, organized by the local multicultural society, takes place this Saturday, featuring restaurants serving food that originate outside of Canada. The event format will be the same as last year, with participating restaurants serving $5 and $12 dishes inside their premises.

The $5 samplers are available for residents to try out several foods, and the $12 take-out meals are for when you find a dish you love, says Alan Yu, founder and director of the Fort St. John Multicultural Society.

He says the community is very accepting, however, he is still looking to open up dialogue between the many cultures the city has to offer.

“When I started the Fort St. John Multicultural Society, I was concerned not with the majority, but the newcomers in Fort St. John, who are rather hesitant to extend their horizon.”

As the group started organizing more activities, pre-pandemic, Yu found conversations started to occur, and community members felt more comfortable.

He hopes to continue promoting multiculturalism within the city with some delicious food.

With the province easing restrictions, Yu expects more attendees this year compared to 2020.

“A lot of people, and I’m one of them, are really, sort of, happy that we have less restrictions this year.”

Yu has his fingers, and possibly toes, crossed as he hopes to resume hosting the event at the curling club next year.

“The consuming public will have the convenience of just going to one place and then sampling all these international food. And also, next year, we’re hoping that we can go back to the multicultural performances that we had in the first three years.”

The event is taking place on June 26th at the following restaurants:

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