Cultures Collide at Arena

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2007 at 9:22 PM EST

Thousands of people spice up their day with ethnic food and dancing at the 2nd annual Broome County Ethnic fest.

More than 58 vendors put their heritage on display at the Broome County Veteran's Memorial Arena.

Cultures across the world, and the Southern Tier, converge here in downtown Binghamton.

The American Lebanese Club says the festival connects people from all different backgrounds.

"After all America is made from different cultures. And if we don't display our cultures, and show the people who we are. People won't know who we are, so we have to be out in the community," said Andre Haykal of the American Lebanese Club.

"Here you get to see everything that's going on in the Broome County Area. All the different heritages. And I think it's wonderful," said Mary Francis Testani of the Silver Star Lodge.

There's a lot for you to see, smell, and taste.

More than 20 different ethnicities put their heritage on display. Not only by hanging their flags, but also by giving the community a little taste of their culture.

The Kopernic Society of Broome County, made these traditional Polish pastries.

"We have the Kavatschky. They're little pastries made with cream cheese dough. And they're filled with nut, lequebar, and apricot," said Valentina Kozlowski of the Kopernik Society of Broome County.

Angie Schleider was busy making Italian cookies called pizzeles.

"My mother used to make them. At that time they didn't have an electric Iron. They had the gas light and was a one iron thing. And it was heavier than the dickens," she said.

The cooking instruments may have changed, but the ingredients are still the same.

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