GALLERY & VIDEO: Poppy seeded Polish cheesecake vies with sausage rolls at multi cultural festival

WISBECH revelled in a dash of cross cultural fever yesterday as American Indian music vied with Chatteris Silver Band and sausage rolls mingled with poppy seeded Polish cheesecake.

Hundreds flocked to Wisbech Park to enjoy the occasion, billed as a bring and share festival to show the town at its most diverse and at its very best.

Town and district councillors played a substantial part in making the day go smoothly, donned in high Vis vests to keep the park free of litter but also to meet and chat with the wide range of people who now call Wisbech their home.

There were the traditional attractions that included a fruit and veg show from produce grown on the town council allotments to a display from Taz, a lively young ferret and one of eight looked after by a Wisbech teenager.

Tae Kwon Do displays helped keep visitors entertained, as did watching family and friends who were encouraged to try it.

Town clerk Erbie Murat said he was delighted with the event and with the turn out which had reflected his best expectations.

“Hope you are enjoying the music,” he said, describing how he’d first seen the popular Ecuadorian trio with pan pipes perform at a car boot sale and the steel band he encountered firstly on a visit to Luton.

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Fenland Has Talent entrants also took part with Fenland Arts providing a focal point throughout the day for information and support.

But away from the main stage, the various side shows and family picnics, by far one of the most popular tents was that offering a range of foods from many European countries.

There was no charge to sample the food which had all been co-ordinated by the Wisbech Rosmini Centre.

Councillor Jonathan Farmer, the mayor of Wisbech, spent much of the afternoon there.

He described the festival as “a great day for the town, a great day for families and a great advert for multi culturalism.”

Undoubtedly the organisers will already have next year’s event lodged in their diaries.