Taste of Africa was my second visit to the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association Taste Of ... series and it consistently impresses me.
Last time I went it was Taste of Nigeria and we got there at 5:00 p.m. only to learn that the meal isn't served until after 6:30 p.m. This time I showed up just before 6:30 and found the room full and most of the place settings occupied. It was a wonderful surprise. To see the tables full, I knew I was going to be treated to a wonderful meal and I was bound to make some new friends.
It wasn't long before I stroke up a conversation with Grant and Sue. We talked about their passion for hiking in Waterton, the Crowsnest Pass and Glacier Park. We shared hiking stories and I sought out some valuable hiking tips because I am just an enthusiastic novice. "I wouldn't recommend hiking alone," Grant warned. "The more you spend time in the mountains, the more in-tuned you become of nature around you. Perhaps that's why some people do it. For me the risk for an animal attack is too high when you're alone."
As the night went on, our conversation continued and we shared common values, political views and passion for adventures.
For anyone looking to experience amazing food prepared by our diverse community in Lethbridge, I highly recommend the "Taste Of ..." series hosted by the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association.
I also recommend sitting at a table of people you don't know. What a great way to celebrate culture, diversity, the companionship of sharing a meal and the opportunity to make a new friend.
The next Taste Of ... is Taste of Columbia on February 24. I hope to see you there.
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