Guelph Multicultural Festival marks 31 years this weekend

The Guelph Multicultural Festival turns 31 this weekend. The event showcases food, culture and entertainment from around the world.
The Together bus will be at this year's multicultural festival. It has been touring the country for Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. It's pictured here in Saskatchewan. (Brian Rodgers/CBC)

There's the food, the music and the artists, but for Delfino Callegari, the best part of the Guelph Multicultural Festival is the people.

"You see new people every day you're here," Callegari, president of the festival, said ahead of the event this weekend.

During the early years, the festival was held out of the multicultural centre in downtown Guelph.

"I would say we started with maybe 300 or 400 people, and now we have 24,000, 25,000 people coming," Callegari said.

It's come a long way since then and this weekend marks 31 years for the festival, which is held now in Riverside Park.

About 20 cultures will be represented at this year's festival, and as always, there will be plenty of food and entertainment from around the world. 

A special highlight this year is "Together," a mobile exhibit by the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, which is currently touring the country for Canada 150.

The multi-media exhibit is housed in a 53-foot vehicle, and includes photo, film and audio components highlighting the role Canadians can play in curbing global poverty.

The festival runs from Friday to Sunday.


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