Canberra's Multicultural Festival was back in town. It's 3 days of multi-cultural events in the otherwise semi-abandoned Civic Centre which really brings the centre of Canberra to life. It comprises stalls and stages representing places from across the world - there are some great bands and the noise, sounds and smells are always exciting.
Mostly the event is an excuse to gorge yourself on food sourced from menus from across the globe. It's also an excuse for Canberra's many Embassies and High Commissions to have representative stalls and give away free fridge magnets.
We made our way in on Saturday evening and there were throngs of people. The weather has been really hot in Canberra over the last couple of weeks - most days in the high 30s which made shade a premium commodity and access to drinks and water an essential.
We met up (by accident) with Freya - one of Eli's friends from pre-school and her parents and we found a good place to listen to music, eat and catch up. Amy ate Turkish bread with fetta and spinach, the kids had Scandinavian hot-dogs and I had a vegetable curry - Amy and I washing down our meals with Slovakian beer. The temperatures were hot and the music loud - we could have stayed longer but the kids' bath and bed beckoned so we headed home for an early Saturday night.