AN INTERNATIONAL Food Fair will return in Swindon after being on hold for nearly a decade.

Families with different cultures will be hosting this year’s Swindon International Food Fair at the STEAM Museum.

Tajwar Hassan, 48, Gill Bedford and their friends have worked together to resurrect the fair and give an opportunity for people in Swindon to taste treats from across the world.

She said: “It is a good way to connect people and discover new cultures. We used to do it but I left Swindon several years ago and went to live to Abu Dhabi and Cairo. And a couple of other organisers move out of Swindon as well.

“The food fair used to be held at the Oasis Leisure Centre but hasn’t been held for around 10 years.

“There’s a lot to do but I’m glad we are doing it again this year.

“I’m a very social person, I contacted some people I know and convinced them to join me. They are also from different nationalities.”

Approximately 12 different nationalities will be taking part, including Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Pakistan, Palestine and more.

Her daughter Hibah, 22 said: “ Our aim is to bring people from different cultures and communities together and in doing so, raise money for three main charities which are Brighter Futures, Swindon and Gloucester MIND, and Penny Appeal’s Feed Our World Appeal, which feeds the hungry and poor in over 30vcrisis-hit countries across the Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

The family wanted to help the local hospital improve its services by raising cash.

Tajwar said: “People keep complaining about the hospital but if we don’t do anything it won’t change.

“And Swindon MIND are doing such an amazing work, so we wanted to support them as well.”

The event features other activities including henna, a traditional dye and all sorts of games.

Hibah added: “This is what makes the food fair special, it’s the perfect opportunity to try different cuisines and with the activities for kids such as face painting the bouncy castle there’s something for everyone.

“We are expecting around 1,000 people over the course of the day, including people who may wander over from the designer outlet on the day.”

The event will be held at the STEAM Museum on June 30 from 11:30am to 4pm to support local and international charities.

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