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Canberrans feast on culture at the National Multicultural Festival

More than 70 kilograms of flour was mixed, kneaded, deep fried and drowned in garlic, cheese and sour cream – and that was at just one stall at the National Multicultural festival on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people packed out the city centre for the 19th annual festival, which saw multitudes of balloons, beers and beef sticks on offer.

Amina Alhassan, 21, with her brother Muhammad, 14, at the National Multicultural Festival in Civic.
Amina Alhassan, 21, with her brother Muhammad, 14, at the National Multicultural Festival in Civic. Photo: Matt Bedford

The calling card for many was the huge array of traditional food and beverages on offer, combined with loud and proud performances by a number of different cultural groups.

With a line of at least four deep throughout the day, the Hungarian stall was one of the most popular. 

Stall organiser Kat Goold said the popularity was due to their unique food, Langos, a Hungarian fried bread topped with garlic, cheese and sour cream.

"We're the only people who do it, that we know of, of any country," Ms Goold said.

"People love it. We've sold hundreds."

Ms Goold said the stall would go through about 70 kilograms of flour freshly making the dough on Saturday. They would also sell about 600 Hungarian hot dogs each day of the festival.

Stallholders throughout the festival said they had seen an increase in crowds at this year's event.

Amina Alhassan, who moved to Canberra with her family in 2012, said the Nigerian community stall, which had an array of tasty meats on offer, had seen greater numbers of visitors this year compared to 2014.

The colourful cultural celebrations will continue throughout today, with a variety of performances including the Greek community, and Hawaiian hula dancers representing America.

Bureau of Meterology forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara said Canberrans could expect a top of 30 degrees.

"The good news is that the system that went through today will clear out by tomorrow morning," she said.

"It might be a bit of a cloudy start to the day in Canberra, but by the afternoon we're looking at mostly sunny conditions with light easterly winds."