All Dressed Up: Westman takes a trip around the world

Tina Liu, Jeanrose Precioso, Corazon Timbol and William Pabustan.

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Tina Liu, Jeanrose Precioso, Corazon Timbol and William Pabustan.

It was a celebration of the broad cultural diversity within our community at the 14th annual Westman Multicultural Festival.

Westman residents were able to take a much-needed respite from the cold snap as temperatures warmed up in time for the 2017 festival.

Michelle, Ahuruele and Dumo Denni-Feberesima.

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Michelle, Ahuruele and Dumo Denni-Feberesima. (MARIAH PHILLIPS/THE BRANDON SUN)

Damian Hamilton, June Chalmers and Gordon Chalmers.

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Damian Hamilton, June Chalmers and Gordon Chalmers. (MARIAH PHILLIPS/THE BRANDON SUN)

Dylan Asham, Cody Hearn, Teighan Fleming, Derek Holman, Donnie Deschutter and Shayna Kobylka.

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Dylan Asham, Cody Hearn, Teighan Fleming, Derek Holman, Donnie Deschutter and Shayna Kobylka. (MARIAH PHILLIPS/THE BRANDON SUN)

Folks travelled around the world without leaving Brandon, having seven pavilions to visit on Jan. 26-28.

This year’s festival was an outstanding success with crowds lining up to take in live music, dancing, a variety of entertainment and delicious food featured at every pavilion.

The weather was so nice and everyone seemed to be in good spirits while waiting in line.

The pavilions were: Scottish (held at the Imperial Ballroom at the Victoria Inn); Mauritian (St. Matthew’s Cathedral); Irish (Regency Ballroom at the Royal Oak Inn); English (Grand Salon at the Victoria Inn); Philippine (Ukrainian National Home); Ukrainian (Ukrainian Reading Hall); and Honduran (Knox United Church).

The festival is inexpensive, inclusive and family-friendly, making it one of Brandon’s most popular events.

The pavilions are run entirely by volunteers recruited by the various cultural societies and associations that host the pavilions.

There are now many different cultures in Brandon and the festival is such a wonderful way to learn, socialize and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the cultures.

Details on the Westman Multicultural Festival can be found on the new website, gotothepavilions.com. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

» Mariah Phillips is a longtime Brandon resident and lead singer in the band Misty Street. She will be dropping into many of the major social events in the Wheat City. This column will run regularly, depending on the community’s social calendar. If you have an event you think deserves notice in the Sun, send information to opinion@brandonsun.com.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2017