Weyburn showed a great deal of support on Friday night for the first annual "Taste of the Nations" event held at McKenna Hall. It was so well-attended, they'll need a bigger venue for next year.

"We were very overwhelmed with Weyburn, with how well they showed up for us for the event. It went better than we could have imagined. It was amazing."

With four booths from India, they had 13 booths in all, and 160 tickets sold (60 at the door), it was a true success.

Organizer Shannon Fodchuk with the Southeast Advocates for Employment said their main takeaway from the feedback was to do a bigger event next year.

"Of course, which we are already in the planning stages of that," she noted. "Other countries that are here, they want to be involved. So next year we'll throw it out to the community and see what other countries we can get to be involved with the event."

With this being the first year of this event, which was planned within only three weeks, they did have some learning curves, such as maybe having some serving trays next year so people can take samples from each table before sitting down to eat.

"Now that we know all this and we've gotten through one event, we're going to plan it for longer," she said. "I think with the short amount of time that we had to plan, it turned out fantastic."

"Special thanks to the newcomers who put in so much effort to prepare and serve the delicious food samples we couldn't have done it without them," she said. "Then gratitude and overwhelming support that Weyburn showed us for our first event was pretty awesome."

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