Carabram officials honoured individual pavilions for their creativity and hard work at an award ceremony recently.
Myanmar—which was housed with Cambodia — was named the best overall pavilion.
Organizers showcased the beauty of Myanmar’s sylvan coastal region called the Rakhine Yoma and the lost city of Mrauk Oo, an area which boasts of hundreds of temples.
Myanmar’s cuisine included a variety of fish products characterized by sauces and a fish paste called as ngapi.
Additionally, there were salads, noodles and other exotic dishes infused with a variety of fruits and vegetables grown in the country.
Latin America, a region well-known for its foot-tapping and infectious music and mouth-watering dishes such tortillas, tamales various salsas and other condiments such as guacamole, pico de gallo, mole, chimichurri and pebre won the second prize in the best overall category while Philippines was placed third.
“We had excellent entries this year and it undoubtedly made the judging difficult,” said Angela Johnson, president, Carabram.
“Pavilions are judged on food, entertainment, atmosphere/décor and culture. To win the best overall award, a pavilion has to excel in each area.”
At this year’s multicultural event, 14 pavilions offered Bramptonians a sample of their culture, cuisine and art for three days. Middle Eastern, Vietnam and Cambodia were the new entrants.
Pavilions were also awarded trophies in individual categories:
Philippines won the prize for best food and was followed by Myanmar and Latin America who were adjudged in the second and third place respectively; Latin America won the first prize in the culture and atmosphere/decor categories.
When it came to entertainment, judges were wowed by Kahanga-hangang Tanawin” – Wonders of the Philippines theme. Myanmar and Hawaii were awarded second and third places.
Macedonia was named the most improved pavilion.
A special plaque was also presented to the Caribbean pavilion, the only pavilion left of the original four— Italy, Ukraine, Scotland. Caribbean pavilion also sold most passports.
Carabram attracted some 35,000 visitors.
“This year’s celebration was made possible by the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our sponsors,” said Johnson.
“I would like to thank both for making Carabram 2012 such a success. And, we can’t forget our visitors, many of whom have been faithful supporters of Carabram for multiple years.
For more information visit www.carabram.org.