Festival of culture

ESK became the centre of attention on the weekend as crowds flocked to Pipeliner Park for the annual Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival.

The festival held on Saturday, July 30, had something for everyone with visitors enjoying a range of arts and crafts, international food, live entertainment, living history and medieval displays.

Festival co-ordinator Desiree Mahoney said the event was a huge success with crowds enjoying the wide range of cultural and historical displays underneath clear skies.

“It was a beautiful sunny day and we had lots of people visit with a great medieval and living history display as well,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“We've had a lot of positive feedback from businesses and community groups alike in Esk and it will be bigger and better next year.

“All in all it was a lovely day and we could not have asked for better weather and the grounds were excellent and a lot better than last year as well.”

The street parade also drew spectators as it kicked off the day with the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band leading a convoy of restored cars, living history characters, horse carriages and the rural fire brigade through the main street of town onto the festival grounds.

Live music and dance also entertained patrons throughout the day with performances from the Lockyer Valley Highland Dancers, Filipino dancers and the Belswagger Morris dance group.

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