by Melissa Villeneuve
Originally published: August 1, 2016
Celebrating ethnic diversity and vibrant cultural traditions was how many southern Albertans spent their Monday.
Heritage Day has been celebrated in various ways in Alberta for over 40 years on the first Monday in August. In Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association brought a taste of more than 30 different cultures together under one roof in the South Pavilion of Exhibition Park.
“From what I’ve been told, it’s almost 40 years we’ve been putting this on,” said David Humphrey, managing director of the SAEA. “It started small with not a lot of vendors or displays, but as we’ve had more people coming to the program, we’ve had more and more vendors and entertainment.”
More than two dozen food, display and craft tables, as well as a full day of cultural entertainment, kept the hundreds of attendees busy.
Everything from sweet caramel wafers from Holland to Polish cabbage rolls and spicy Colombian empanadas were up for sampling. Entertainment ranged from Japanese Taiko drumming to various cultural dances and singing.