Celebrating many cultures

By: Kathleen Szmit

14th Annual Multicultural Fest at 4Cs March 1

Foodies, pay attention: if you’re looking for a delicious meal and appreciate ethnic cuisine, then get yourselves to Cape Cod Community College for the 14th Annual Multicultural Festival. Not only will you be treated to a vast array of wonderful performances, but you’ll also get to dine on some mighty fantastic fare.

This year’s food, along with all that is offered in the Cape Cod Café at CCCC, will also feature three fantastic food trucks with enticing entrees.

“The addition of the food trucks is probably the biggest thing that’s new this year,” said Michael Gross, director of communications at 4Cs.

At Mei Mei Street Kitchen folks will appreciate food with an Asian flair. Gross said Mei Mei is one of Boston’s best. Then there’s Herrera’s Burritos, where lovers of Mexican cuisine can tantalize their taste buds.

“You put that with our friends right here on the Cape with the Cape Cod Cannoli truck, and combine it with the rest of our fantastic food and you’re covered,” Gross said.

While food is certainly a popular draw at the annual Multicultural Festival, especially given menu items such as gumbo, Portuguese caçoila, spanikopita, and coconut curry jasmine rice, the event is a true feast for all senses.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the always-beautiful Parade of Flags into the Tilden Arts Center’s Main Theater. Similar to the opening of the recent Olympic games in Sochi, the Parade of Flags features a procession of traditionally attired flag bearers carrying flags from their respective countries.

Following the parade, attendees are invited to watch myriad performances on the Main Stage, including traditional folk dances, African dance and drumming, musical performances, the Zion Union Creative Worship Team, and the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers.

“Immersion rooms” will infuse festival-goers with all things Taiwanese, Chinese, Brazilian and Greek.

Gross and other festival coordinators are thrilled to welcome back The Greek Orthodox Church of Cape Cod, which returns to the festival after a hiatus.

“They’re bringing Greece back,” Gross said.

Barnstable High School teacher Fadner Pierre will be the keynote speaker of the event. Pierre, a beloved member of the diversity program at 4Cs, hails from Haiti and will share his experiences in journeying to Cape Cod.

“He really has been involved in diversity on the campus,” said Gross. “He’s willing to tell the story of what it’s really like coming to the Cape.”

For those concerned about navigating the campus during the busy day, Gross encourages them to take advantage of the free transportation via shuttle bus from any of the college’s parking lots.

“You don’t even have to worry about handicap parking,” he said. “You park in any of the lots and hop on the shuttle. It’s going to be a great event.”

The 14th Annual Multicultural Festival will be held March 1 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, just off Exit 6 on the Mid-Cape Highway. For more information, visit capecod.edu.