Canberra, August 17 - At the headquarters of the iconic Hyatt Hotel in the Australian capital, the Latin American Flavours Festival was inaugurated in its fourth edition, whose organization corresponded for the first time to the Embassy of Cuba, together with the support of the diplomatic missions of Latin America accredited in Australia.
The opening remarks were pronounced by the dean of GRULAC, His Excellency Mr. Ricardo Javier Varela and Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, who highlighted the distinctive elements of Latin America and the Caribbean as a region, especially in the field of food production and the rich culinary culture associated with its cooking and consumption, which has transcended borders to conquer with peculiar flavors and the palate of millions of citizens in many countries, including Australia.
On the other hand, the First Secretary for Europe and Latin America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, Ms. Cathy Raper, highlighted the influence of Latin American cultures in her country and thanked the Embassies for have successfully maintained this culinary event during four consecutive years.
On what it was a very amusing night funtion, some dancing performances were presented from Brazil, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador and Venezuela. The Cuban resident and professional dancer, Mario Navarro, played a casino piece to the rhythm of the popular song "Me dicen Cuba".
Several members of the Federal Parliament, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, representatives from ANCLAS (Australian National Center for Latin American Studies) and COALAR (Council on Australia Latin America Relations), as well as members from the Australia - Iberoamerica Business Council attended the Festival.
The Latin American Flavours Festival has become a very attractive and interesting event of the city of Canberra, which offers to its inhabitants a unique opportunity to learn more about the diversity of the elements that characterize and distinguish Latin American cultures.