The Saith Seren was delighted to host the event which took place in the main bar area and was open to all members of the public. The friendly bar staff were extremely supportive to stallholders and helped create a welcoming atmosphere.
There was music and plenty of people to catch up and have a chat with as well as friendly, smiling faces from Portugal, São Tomé e Principe, Wales, Italy, Lithuania and Nigeria to get to know.
The offer on the day included a variety of food with particular emphasis on Portuguese and Spanish specialities. In good Portuguese fashion, many “bolos” or Portuguese cakes and imaginative sweet treats were available to buy from vendors too. A delicious traditional stew from a recipe that has its roots in São Tomé e Principe was available to sample and buy on the day. São Tomé e Principe is a small island nation south of the Cape Verde islands off the West African coast.
Other offerings included jewellery, handmade Christmas cards and Christmas themed household gifts.
A local dance teacher also gave up her time to do a fun kids’ Zumba session on the pub’s stage which many of the children of all ages took part in. Adults were welcome to take part too although it seemed they were busy enjoying what the bar and vendors had to offer! We look forward to seeing more kids (and adults) fun Zumba at next year’s International Celebration Day in Flint, North Wales.
The biggest surprise and delight of the day, especially visible on the children’s faces was a special visitor from the North Pole! The big man’s appearance was in fact not guaranteed due to some hiccups overnight, however, community spirit prevailed and with the help of volunteers from Mold, Father Christmas was able to make a last minute appearance to the absolute joy of the children and parents. Not only did he have a chat with all the children who went to see him, every child received presents and had the opportunity to have a photo taken with their Christmas hero. Some adults were spotted grabbing a photo opportunity too.
All in all, a fun and pleasant day was enjoyed by young, old and those not so young or old. We look forward to more multicultural events with Iolanda and Andreia from CLPW and especially Flint’s International Celebration on May 29th 2016.