The week-long Canadian Multicultural Festival will be held in Peterborough next week

The first week-long Canadian multicultural festival in Peterborough will take place next week from June 20-27, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Citizens are invited to participate in a series of free events until June 27, Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

The festival is organized by the New Canadians Centre, which for the past few years before the pandemic held the one-day Canada Day Multicultural Festival each July 1 at Del Crary Park between the Canada Day Parade and fireworks.

New festival attendees are invited to register online for free events at

Events include a Try It series:

  • Try it – Introduction to Indian Spices: Indian Peacock Inc., an Indian grocery store and restaurant on Simcoe Street (opposite the main bus station) will offer an introduction to Indian spices. In person at the Center for New Canadians, 221, rue Romaine, Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Try it – Peruvian Flower Making: Peruvian newcomer Esther Izarnotegui will offer a hands-on session on making paper flowers. All materials will be provided * In person at the Center for New Canadians, 221 Romaine Street, Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Try it – Taekwondo: Instructors from Blue Wave Taekwondo, a non-profit organization located at 1135 Lansdowne Street West (on Webber Avenue, same plaza as Personal Touch Banquet Hall) will discuss taekwondo and give the opportunity to try some moves . Open to all ages. In person at King Edward Park, 455 George St. S., Wednesday 6-7 p.m.

  • Try it – Ethiopian Cuisine: Zebiba Sultan of the New Canadians Center will lead a virtual cooking class where you will learn how to prepare and serve a popular Ethiopian vegetarian dish. Meal kits will be provided and available for pick-up (free) at the Center for New Canadians on June 20, 21 and 22. Virtual on Zoom on June 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Try it – Zumba: Cuban newcomer Dianely Hernandez will lead a 45-minute Zumba fitness session. In person at the Silver Bean Cafe Terrace, 130 King St. on June 24 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Multicultural Food Tour: Six international restaurants in downtown Peterborough are participating in the Food Tour (all week). Pick up a multicultural food passport at any of these restaurants and for every $10 spent from June 20 to July 1, you’ll get a stamp on your passport. Collect six stamps and you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of two $250 Downtown Dollars.
  • Multicultural tasting day: On June 25, visit each of the six participating restaurants to try free samples of some of their dishes (noon to 7 p.m., while supplies last).

Participating restaurants include:

  • Curry Mantra, which uses authentic ingredients, some specially imported from the Indian city of Mangalore, 360 George St. N. (inside Peterborough Square)
  • Dirty Burger, where the chef is of Indian/Ugandan descent, 211 Hunter St. W.
  • Hanoi House, Vietnamese cuisine and oyster bar, 213 Hunter St. W.
  • Levantine Grill, Syrian cuisine, including shawarma and kebab, 356 Charlotte St. (formerly B&E Catering)
  • Milk + Tea, New Bubble Tea Cafe, 360 George St. N., Unit 57
  • Genuine Thai Food, 415 George St. N.
  • Build a house Book reading (and art session): Author and illustrator Casandra Lee will read from her children’s book “Building A Home” — about children moving to Peterborough from other countries — followed by some art activities for children and families. June 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.
  • Film screening: In partnership with ReFrame Film Festival, registered attendees can watch “The Story Won’t Die” and “The Magic of Beginnings” for free at home. Available to stream for free for one week from June 20-27.

  • Round table: Mohmin Rahman and Feyzi Baban, professors at Trent University, and Andy Cragg, CEO of the NCC, will discuss immigration to Canada and local responses to immigration. June 27 at a location to be determined.

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