Tasty offerings on menu at Bite

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Sharing their culture and food at last year's Philippines Bite stall were (from left) Min Santiago, Luz Agacer, Acel Aguila and Wannie Salvador.

By Mick Jensen

There are some tasty, traditional dishes on offer at Waitangi Day’s Multi Cultural Bite event in Ashburton.

The bite size portions will feature popular snacks, mains and desserts from around the world, including from the Philippines, Singapore, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Argentina, Tonga, Netherlands and Poland.

Long term Mid Canterbury resident Kasia Chapman-Labecka will showcase the dish stew” from her former Polish homeland.

Catering at her fifth Bite event, the trained veterinarian will be assisted by her mother and also a visiting cousin from Poland.

Mrs Chapman-Labecka said Bite was a chance to share and celebrate her Polish culture.

Three generations of the family, including her son, would lend a hand on the stall, she said.

The slow cooked stew features a range of meats, including smoked polish sausage, cabbage, sauerkraut, tomatoes and herbs.

The one pot dish was popular with men embarking on long hunting trips, hence its nickname, and is usually eaten over the winter months.

The Polish stall, like other stalls, will be decorated for the day in the country’s colours of red and white, and stallholders will wear traditional style costumes.

Also on the Bite menu this year is food popular in the Philippines.

A roast pork dish (lechon), steam dumplings (siomai) and empanadas, both beef, and ham and cheese, would be offered, said Philippines born Acel Aguila.

It was her second event as a Bite stallholder and she had enjoyed last year’s experience, she said.

She, along with three friends, and assisted by family, would run the stall, and would “dress it to impress”.

Organisers of Multi Cultural Bite are encouraging the public to reuse plates, cups and cutlery where possible this year, or even to bring their own.