(Chatham-Kent Diverse City Party)

Special to the Sydenham Current

Chatham-Kent is a vibrant community full of unique cultures and strong community ties.

The Chatham-Kent Diverse City Party is an opportunity to share and experience these cultures through performance and cuisine.

“After the success of the event in previous years, we are thrilled to be able to host the event for a third straight year,” stated said Jason Stubitz, Project Coordinator of the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership, in a media release.

“Fostering social inclusion and celebrating cultural diversity in any city or town is important, and we are happy we are able to do this in Chatham-Kent.”

The event is being held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Canadian Belgium Dutch Club in Wallaceburg (1352 Dufferin Ave.) from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

There will be performances from the Portuguese Club’s Folklore Group, Cornell School of Irish Dance, the Chatham-Kent Asian Cultural Association, and Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nation.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample cultural foods from vendors such as Mr. Shawarma, Bangkok Café, A1 Chinese Restaurant and James Street Eatery.

Admission to this event is FREE.

The food sampling is optional and will cost $5.

“Over 60 languages are spoken in Chatham-Kent, so we know we are a culturally rich community,” stated Audrey Ansell, the Manager of Community Attraction and Promotion with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, in a press release.

“As we work towards the goals in CK Plan 2035 and to attract and retain residents, events such as this are vital in helping us celebrate the essence and fabric of our community – our people and their heritage.”

This event is supported by several local area agencies, including the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership and the Wallaceburg and District Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please visit CK LIP Social Media channels, on Twitter @CK_LIP and at Facebook.com/CK.ON.LIP.