Annual Taste of Many Cultures event features lion dancetroupe

Experience premiere Chinese entertainment right in your own backyard!  The annual Taste of Many Cultures event will highlight an exciting and dynamic performance by the Ha Family LionTroupe.  The event will also feature cuisine from ethnic restaurants, performances by many other talented multicultural groups and an art exhibit highlighting the work of artisans from around the world.  

No need to fly abroador spend a lot of money to sample great food and learn about the diverse cultures and customs of people living in your community.

Sponsored by the MultiCultural Development Center (MCDC)and Cub Foods, the Taste of Many Cultures will be held at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis, on Thursday, December 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or at all Twin Cities Cub Foods stores. The cost is US$20 for adults and US$15 for students (children 5 andunder are free) and includes all inclusive multicultural food, entertainment,arts and fun!

The Taste of Many Cultures will highlight samples of ethnic food from over a dozen Twin Cities-area restaurants.

In addition to the Ha Family Lion Troupe, other well-known entertainers performing through out the evening include:  Los Soles Mariachi Musicians, St. Paul Irish Dancers, martial arts demonstrations by the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association, Japanese Taiko Drumming by Mu Performing Arts, African and African-American dance moves by Universal Dance Destiny, Hawaiian Halau Hula OKa Hoku Akau and an American Indian performance by Ash and Reuben Fast Horse.

Artists and artisans featured at this year’s Taste of Many Cultures include:  Thai fruit carving by Creative Carving, Cathy's African Hair Braiding, Indian henna by Shakuntala Design, Hmong arts, books and crafts by Hmong ABC, American Indian art by Ancient Traders Gallery, American Indian jewelry by Erin Griffin,African American art by Richard Amos, Scandinavian rosmaling/dalmaling by Rosalie Sundin and African sculpture and furniture by Rabi Sanfo.

“We’re pleased to partner with Cub Foods to host another expanded version of the annual Taste of Many Cultures,” said Dr. A. GhafarLakanwal, executive director of MCDC. “This year we’re featuring more multicultural food and more opportunities to learn about the cultures in our evolving community. It promises to be an educational and fun experience for all who attend.”

“We’re impressed with MCDC and the support it gives multicultural organizations,” said Brian Huff, president of Cub Foods. “Cub is committed to understanding and meeting the diverse food preferences of Twin Cities’ residents. Our partnership with MCDC will provide us with more ideas of how to meet those needs.”

About the MultiCultural Development Center (MCDC)

MCDC is a non-profit organization founded in 1991.  Its mission is to promote cultural understanding and inclusiveness to enhance workplace performance and community relationships.  MCDC works with companies, organizations and individuals of all backgrounds to better educate them about the importance of inclusion.  MCDC’s Sharing Diversity™ philosophy believes in developing relationships based on a foundation of mutual respect and understanding - not fear, intimidation or guilt. MCDC believes that by learning about each other’s “differences”, we can begin to face our fears and confront our prejudices so that we may understand each other’s similarities.

About Cub Foods

Cub Foods provides consumers with the freshest produce,widest selection and greatest value available today.  In addition to innovative natural, ethnic and certified organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers added conveniences, such as in-store pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores.  The organization was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 56 stores in the Twin Cities.

For more information about MultiCultural DevelopmentCenter (MCDC), e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 952-881-6090 or visit or online.

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