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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
Food festival appeals to DG businesses
AWARD WINNER . . . DISFFEST won the Best Small Festival Award earlier this year

LOCAL businesses and groups are being offered the chance to be part of the Dumfries International Street Food Festival next month.

After seeing massive success in 2022, the award-winning event is set to return on Saturday August 19 at Dock Park in Dumfries.

And the organisers are keen to bring more people together to help them find new flavours, experience new music, make new friends and rejoice in the richness of the community this year.

NEWCOMERS WELCOME . . . even community groups with a passion for food are welcome to attend, with training and equipment provided

Once again, smaller businesses will be able to set up stalls at the park and share a taste of their culture and cooking style with other like-minded people and businesses.

In addition, the festival is also offering community groups who wish to step into the world of cooking a chance to participate, offering training courses, certification, and providing produce and equipment on the day for those who wish to take part.

Festival founder Jay Rubenstein said: “We didn’t expect the event to be as popular as it was. Last year’s festival had around 2000-4000 attending.

INTEGRATING CULTURES . . . Small businesses from across the region are welcome to set up a stall this year

“The essential aim of the festival is that we want to flip the view of people and change the way they see people from other cultures.

“We want to change the mindset from ‘Should we let them in?’ and ‘Can we afford to let them in?’, to ‘This is how much we gain’ and ‘Our society will become far more interesting because of them’.

“There are so many ways in which we benefit when people from other cultures and backgrounds come into the picture.”

FOOD FESTIVAL . . . DISFFEST took place in Dock Park last year, and will do so again

Festival director Julie Smith added: “Last year’s event was a great success, and it is something that we want to build on.

“The festival is not just about the food, but about bringing people together through community integration and celebration.”

To find out more, email [email protected].

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