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Carrousel of the Nations has four stops in Leamington

No less than four Carrousel of the Nations villages took place in Leamington over the June 21-23 weekend and by all accounts they were all very well-attended.

The Roma Club hosted the Italian Village, filled with old continental cuisine, music, dance and sports on both Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The Italian Choir of Leamington kicked off the musical menu on Friday night, while headliners Stefano Germanotta and Claudio Santaluce brought an authentic Italian flavour for the capacity audiences over the weekend.

Food was in abundance at this Carrousel of the Nations event, including pasta, sausage, gelato, and cannoli, accompanied by espresso, limoncello slushies and aperol spritz

On the grounds outside, tournaments were held for both soccer and bocce, while children enjoyed a zone filled with bouncy houses.

For those wishing to take a bit of Italy home with them, an Italian market with local vendors offered unique items and a traditional produce stand provided baskets of Leamington’s finest vegetables.

German Village and Lebanese Village Leamington, part of the Carrousel of Nations, was held Saturday, June 22 by members of the Rhine Danube Club and the Lebanese Club at the Lebanese Club located at 447 Highway 77. Both banquet halls at the facility were filled with music, dance and traditional foods and much laughter.

The German Village featured music by Musik Meisters and traditional foods such as Pork and Chicken Schnitzels, warm German Potato Salad, freshly made pretzels and more. 

The Lebanese Village was filled with traditional dance and drums including bellydancer Bahija and authentic Lebanese cuisine such as Tabbouli, Fattoush, Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Grape Leaves, Falafel and more by Executive Chef Georges Harb. Lebanese Club President Maurice Raffoul, said he was now looking forward to the next big event for the club, Our Mother Mary Festival  held on location Aug. 15-18. He says, he hopes to have another 15,000 in attendance as in previous  years. 

On Sunday, June 23, Mill Street West in Leamington was transformed into a little slice of Latin America as the Mexican Village filled the street with delectable dishes and music to get you moving.

Being a part of the Carrousel of the Nations for the first time, the June 23rd event came about through a collaboration that included the Consulado de Mexico en Leamington and the Migrant Worker Community Program.

Food vendors served tacos, Mexican snacks and desserts, three live music acts performed throughout the afternoon and retailers tempted the crowd with a variety of colourful wearables and collectibles.

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