Irish folk act Ishka perform at the Fiesta.
Irish folk act Ishka perform at the Fiesta.

Ipswich parties in the park

THE tastes and cultures of the world were on show at the Ipswich Global Fiesta yesterday.

Despite the rain washing out the afternoon of Jazz, Wine and Blues on Saturday, people made their way to the Fiesta in Queens Park yesterday for a day of culinary and music entertainment.

There, patrons enjoyed music from Irish and Japanese musicians, Armenian dancing and African drumming.

The entertainment wasn't all visual with plenty of Indian, Japanese, German and Italian cuisine available for people to taste.

In one of the day's more unique events waiters from Ipswich Pancake Manor, Drift restaurant and the Brisbane Italian Week festival raced around Queens Park carrying a tray of coffees.

The first ever Ipswich International Waiters Race saw Drift Brookwater barista Tracy Diamond come from behind to be crowned the Ipswich's fastest waiter.

The waiters race was run in order to raise money for the Hear and Say charity that assists children with impaired hearing.

A display of green ice sculptures of houses was on show by artist Donna Davis.

With the blocks of ice slowly melting throughout the day, the display was designed to show people the connection between their homes and the environment.

Originally meant to be shown at Jazz, Wine and Blues on Saturday the display was moved to the Global Fiesta.

The Global Dance Pavilion saw people of all ages and backgrounds learning to dance in the style of a variety of cultures from across the world.

Despite the wet weather the Global Fiesta saw a strong turn out for the morning's events.

However, the heavy rain on Saturday saw the Jazz, Wine and Blues event cancelled.

With the event scheduled to be held in Queens Park, and the wet weather not letting up, organisers were forced to call off the afternoon of entertainment.

The rest of the Ipswich Festival is set to continue its celebrations throughout the week and conclude this weekend.

The festivities will run all this week culminating in the Festival Parade and the Ipswich Festival Cup on Saturday.



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