Food lovers had a treat on Sunday with the first-time Ethnic Picnic hosted by the Asian Women’s Tapestry Network and Roots to Harvest.
For Roopa Rakshit of the Asian Women’s Tapestry Network it was about “making friendships through food.” The Tapestry network is a new organization established to celebrate diversity and is also away to provide a platform to make friendships and foster success.
“We are so within our own cultures,” said Rakshit of the challenges faced by many newcomers to the community. She added that we all want to try out different food from a variety of cultures, so it was important for Sunday’s picnic to have traditional food that wasn’t toned down.
“We want to use this platform to support women,” she said. “There is no major cause — we just want to reflect diversity.”
The Asian Women’s Tapestry Network acknowledged the work of other multicultural events, but felt it was important to help home caterers as a way to learn about potential business and career possibilities.
Aya Wadi, Zenab Wadi, and their mother, Duha Shaar, were busy selling their home-cooked traditional Syrian food. They were among the dozen home caterers serving tradition cuisine to a steady stream of visitors to the Roots to Harvest courtyard on Fort William Road.
“We just like the opportunity to share our cultural food with the people and it is a good way to tell people who we are and where we come from,” said Aya Wadi who was translating for her mother, Duha Shaar.
“I hope it is going to be a good beginning for us for later when we open a store or restaurant,” she added.