Getting Started

Want to know what we’re planning for the 2019 Festival?

Want to join the food team? Know someone who’d like to perform? Have an idea for an activity? or would you like to help us plan the festival? Last Monday a group came together to start the process and here’s what they talked about…

Bringing cultures together

This year we want to create more opportunities for people to make connections and really get to know each other’s cultures. So all our performances will be linked to specific cultures/traditions and greater information about the cultural background to the performance will be shared with the audience. We are hoping to run at least one series of workshops before the festival for people from the community to learn either a song or a dance they can share more widely on the day. And we’ll be talking to lots of people at the festival in preparation for a Vital Cafe on June 18 where we will invite community members to explore how to help newcomers and immigrants participate in our community: Whistler.

Food

The meeting discussed whether we should invite in food vendors this year, or leave it with only the WMN providing food as we did last year. We agreed that one or two vendors could be invited if they are looking to grow or start their business and need awareness.

The good news is that the prep kitchen we used last year is available and booked. We will do the food on the Plaza again and set up a place for people to sit and eat like last year. Next steps are to get people together to look at ideas for food items, so we can start planning and costing that early. Barbora will be looking for people with ideas on what we might do this year. If you’d like to get involved in the food, please contact her.

Performances

The focus this year will be on cultural and traditional performances. Each performance will be allocated 15 minutes and the schedule will be tightly managed to make sure no one is kept waiting. Rob Olive, our event manager, will be contacting previous performers to invite them to sign up again, but we’d love to see some new people, cultures and performances.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the Welcome Centre team and they will provide information and pass potential performers on to Rob. We’ll be asking performers to provide some information about the cultural background of their performance that can be used to introduce them. This year especially we’d like to make sure that the audience has as many opportunities to participate as possible so they really experience the different cultures we showcase.

Activities

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and we’ll be discussing these at our next meeting – so bring along your ideas then!

Volunteer thank you

This year we’re planning to say thank you to our volunteers in a big way… with a barbecue on Sunday 16 June from 1 to 4pm. Watch this space for location, and to see what volunteer opportunities there are.

Join us at our next meeting….

…from 5.30pm to 7pm on Monday February 25 – at the Welcome Centre at the library. Can’t make it but want to keep in touch? Drop us an email and we’ll add you to our circulation list for updates.

Can you help us plan the 2019 Multicultural Festival?

Save the date! Friday June 7 will be our seventh annual Multicultural Festival. As usual it will be from 4 to 8pm at the Whistler Public Library, Plaza and Museum – and we’re starting to plan it now. If you’re interested in getting involved why not come to our first planning meeting of the year.

  • What? 2019 Multicultural Festival planning meeting
  • Where? Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library
  • When? Monday January 28 from 5.30 to 7pm
  • Who? Everyone interested in getting involved – performers, activity facilitators, food team helpers, managers…

We’re looking for people to help with recruiting performers, organizing crafts and cultural activities and to be part of the food team. Perhaps you want to perform yourself? Or run a cultural activity? We’d love to hear your suggestions for food to offer at the festival. Or do you have an idea for an activity? We also have volunteer positions to help with admin, marketing and promotion.

Bring your family and friends… Everyone welcome…

For more information contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com or call 604.698.5960

Learn about Sugars, good and bad!

Come to our Multicultural Meet Up, this Friday 18th January. Our expert nutritionist will be there to teach us about different types of sugar. The bad sugars and the good sugars and how they affect our bodies. As always she is happy to answer any questions

Pancakes around the world

This year’s Festival food theme was “Pancakes around the world”. People were watching our chefs preparing the pancakes in front of them. There are so many types of pancakes such as Polish, Chinese, French, Swedish, Thai, Indian etc. Our community got to try 3 kinds of pancakes from 3 countries nowhere else to be bought in Whistler. We chose Czech, Korean and Russian as we have people from these countries living in Whistler too.

Czech “Bramboraky “ or fried potato-garlic- marjoram pancakes are very popular either in Czech Republic or Slovakia (knows as “Zemiakove placky”). They’re served either at lunch time, dinner or during the day as a snack. Potato is one of the basic staples in Czech cuisine, commonly used in many dishes.

Korean Kimchi pancakes or “Kimchi Jeon” are savoury pancakes served with a lot’s of kimchi in it. Because kimchi is made of fermented veggies with its main ingredient cabbage, it’s also very healthy and therefore commonly eaten any time of the day. You can find them anywhere in Asia with slight variations.

Our sweet version of pancakes was Russian “Blinis” and they got sold out almost immediately. Traditionally they’re prepared in a savoury way, filled with cottage cheese, sour cream, quark, butter, caviar (whitefish, salmon or sturgeon caviar) and other garnishes. They can be rolled as French crepes or served as a triangle.

See below Bramboraky recipe and pictures. Our chef Petr from the Czech Republic has been in the cooking industry for a long time and he’s so good that he even introduced this recipe to one of the Whistler’s restaurants he used to work at and they included it on the menu! We’re lucky to have him helping us at the Festival. It took a long time to peel and shred 15 kg of potatoes but it was worth it!

Bramboraky

Ingredients for 10 pancakes:

  • 1kg potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • canola oil for frying

Method:

  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes, squeezing out as much liquid as you can. Transfer the shredded potatoes to a mixing bowl. Stir in the crushed garlic, salt, and marjoram.
  2. Add the eggs to the potatoes and stir well to combine. Gradually mix in the flour to form a thick but still pourable batter.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; the oil should be about 1/4-inch deep. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into the hot oil, flattening it slightly. Fry the pancake until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Taste the first pancake and adjust the seasoning if necessary; repeat with remaining batter.

How did you enjoy the 2018 Multicultural Festival?

This year the Multicultural Festival was different again – and we had to live with the rain! But numbers were up, and there were lots of happy faces… Over the next few days we’ll be updating the photos on our Festival page – and remember to check out the facebook page for more pics and information. In the meantime, come to our June 25 Advisory Board meeting and tell us how you enjoyed it.

Planning the Festival was our major focus at our May Advisory Board meeting (May 28). We were busy recruiting volunteers, finalizing the food, activities and performances… This month we’ll be reviewing it to see how it went, what we want to do again, and what we might want to do differently.

If you’ve ideas for the Festival – either about what happened this year, or suggestions for next year – come along and join us for the last time before the summer break.

In the meantime, here are the notes on our May meeting – WMN AB minutes May 2018 – and if you want to keep up to date with all the things we do at the Welcome Centre, here’s our WMN Report May 2018.

SAVE THE DATE: Our June meeting will be on Monday June 25, at the Welcome Centre from 5.30 to 7pm.

Want to ask a question? Get in touch?

email: info@welcomewhistler.com

phone: 604.698.5960

Have some fun and volunteer…

We’re recruiting volunteers to help with the 2018 Whistler Multicultural Festival. The actual event is 4 to 8pm on Friday June 8, but some volunteers are needed to help with set up and take down before and after. Here are details of volunteer positions we need for help with….

Most shifts are approximately 3 hours, but if you can’t manage an entire shift let us know what hours you can help. Volunteers will receive snacks and a button, as well as join the fun.

Contact Us if you’d like to help or want more information: info@welcomewhistler.com  or tel: 604.698.5960

Festival Ambassadors: One hour between 4 and 8pm to interact with the public near the Festival location to invite them in. Handout promotional pieces. If you have national dress to wear, that’s even better.

Set up/take down: 10 – 4 pm and/or 8 – 9:30 pm. Set up/take down tents, tables, recycling area, displays, activities. Decorate the location.

Customer relations: 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 6 – 8 pm to greet visitors, give event information, manage a world map activity.

General helpers: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm and/or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm to help with any task that needs an extra hand. Also, to help keep the site clean and tidy, and garbage in the right place.

Activities helpers: 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 5:30 – 8 pm to help run multicultural crafts and activities. No skills or knowledge needed.

Food team: Help prep food on June 7 from 3 – 7pm and/or cook and serve food for 2 – 3 hours between 3:30 – 8pm at the Festival.

Volunteer managers: 3:30 – 8pm to sign volunteers in and assign tasks during the Festival

How do YOU see Whistler?

SHOW US YOUR WHISTLER photo challenge is back!

This year, we’re asking you to show us what makes you belong to the community. Where do you feel you most belong? Is it at home, at work, in town, in your neighbourhood, at play?

The 2 categories for photos this year are

  • Community Connections
  • Community Participation

We would like to see some creative and fun pictures. Just think about a moment when you realized what makes you feel at home in Whistler….

Need some photo tips?

If you’d like to know more about taking a really good photo, join us for a free workshop on

  • Saturday May 12 (1-3pm) at the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

Local photographer Toshi will take us through how to frame and take a perfect picture – either with a digital camera, or your phone…

See Your Whistler photo display

The winners will be announced at the Whistler Multicultural Festival on June 8 and photos displayed at The Whistler Public Library till August 30.

Don’t miss your chance! Time goes quickly. Deadline is Monday May 21, 2018.

Want to know more?

Raising money….

At our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board on February 26, we talked about how we could raise money to cover the costs of the Multicultural Festival and any other WMN programs we’d like to run. Do you have any ideas? Are you interested in helping with a multicultural dinner, or organizing a multicultural event to show off your culture to the community? Volunteering with the WMN can help your resume, your English and make you new friends, so we’d love to speak with you…

We’d love to hear your ideas, and find out what you’d be interested in volunteering with, so why not join us at our next meeting on March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library? Some ideas so far for things we could do to raise money include:

  • a multicultural dinner, maybe in partnership with a local hotel or other organization
  • a special cultural celebration day each year linked to one of the cultures in Whistler
  • running a table at the Farmer’s Market over the summer

You can keep up to date and read about February’s Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the February 2018 Minutes. And of you want to know what we do each month at the Welcome Centre, check out our WMN Report February 2018. You might be surprised!

Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library. If you’d like to get involved in the WMN and have some ideas for raising money, why not come and join us. Everyone and all ideas and thoughts are very welcome! Put it in your calendar now!

If you have any questions, contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com

WMN Advisory Board minutes

The WMN Advisory Board and guests met on June 26 to review and celebrate the 2017 Festival. They also heard what else the Welcome Centre is doing, and the plans for the summer and fall.

Click here for the June 2017 Minutes reporting what we talked about, and for the Balance sheet WMF 2017 showing all expenses and income, and also how much we received from sponsors and volunteers. General agreement was that this year’s Festival was very vibrant and fun. It was great to have our own food again plus so many great activities and performances. Everyone liked the new layout and we’ll plan with that in mind for next year.

The Advisory Board continues to look at formalizing the organization into a non-profit society and that will be in the agenda again at our next meeting on September 25.

If you’d like to know more about the WMN Advisory Board, come and join us on September 25 or email cstretch@capilanou.ca

A Huge Thank You!

from the Whistler Multicultural Network to all those who made the 2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival another great success… We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did…

 

 

Thanks to Our Volunteers: Addyta Alonzo Ramirez, Adriana Molina, Ayako Yamaguchi, Barbora Piatkova, Belle Menesis, Benjie Accanogan, Carla Eguez Paz, Celia Law Utley, Chantelle Shore, Dignoi Leona Suarez, Emma Becerra Salinas, Eva Wei, Evelyn Hernandez, Faye Seco, Heinz Wango, Ikuyo Takaya, Irma Gomez Ferrer, Ivan Pedro, Jennifer Stimpson, Jill Nowack-Dawson, Jinda Poosa-Ard, Karoline Madsen, Krystin Matters, Lisa Briscoe, Lorenz Paragoso, Lorenzo Paragoso, Martin Stretch, Marvin Corona, Miyuki Yamaguchi, Nobuaki Nakagawa, Paulo Aguilera, Priscilla Belanger, Ramon Espada, Randa Hiswani, Santiago Farell, Stephane Belanger, Suzie Soman, Teresa Vazquez, Therese Quilantang, Weslie Walchuk, Yoshie Nakagawa, Yuko Thibeault, Yuriko Nonaka (Koni)

Thanks to Our Performers: Aeron Pita, Angela Jeren Tangonan, Ann Beatriz Pescador, Charlize Littlelight, Christina Joy Paredes, Gerald Gabriel, Gian Kaylee Tangonan, Iris Joy Paguia, Israel de Real, James Paguia, Jenn & Benjamin Embate, Jenna Mae & The Groove Section, Kinderchoir – Jeanette Bruce & Alison Hunter, Lily Duke & Latin Dancers, Nellie Bingas & Igorot Dancers, Reign Rivera, Vernika Lyka Limsipson, Whistler Tai Chi Wushu, Xet’oclaw Community School

Thanks to Our Vendors & Exhibitors: Ajita Chaubal, Community Foundation of Whistler, Forged Axe Throwing, ISSofBC, Kia-anne Garthwaite, Lexsan Sancha, Aurae Tea, Pemberton Multicultural Network, Squamish Aikido, The Rocking Wok, Whistler Community Services, Work BC

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Funders: Aava Hotel, AWARE, Canadian Heritage, David’s Tea, Mexican Corner, Nesters, Pique Newsmagazine, Province of BC, RMOW, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Watermark Inc, Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler FM, Whistler Museum and staff, Whistler Public Library and staff

Our Special Thanks to: Rob Olive and Jesse for their 3rd year managing, Nikki Best for MCing again, and Our amazing food team: Aila Sears, Chia Chia Chen, Daniel Vidal Araneda, Haruna Sears, Jessica Pena Garcia, Kona Higashi, Kyoko Sears, Miyuki Kurumada, Miyuki Maema, Oscar Araiza, Satsuki Shoji, Take Tanaka

And Very Special Thanks to Our All Stars of 2017: Chizuko Higashi, Elisa Corona Medina, Izumi Inoue, Keiko Ogawa, Michael Andre, Romina Wells, Sachi Miyachi, Yuko Murose, Yumiko Fukagawa

The Festival is You!