The region’s Indonesian community celebrated its rich heritage of culture through food and music at Hilton Park, Dover in New Hampshire on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. The chilly weather that day did not deter hundreds of Indonesians and the locals to come together and enjoyed a huge variety of foods available from 12 vendors who came from Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York.
“We are here to celebrate our people and heritage,” said Olla Chas, Co-founder and President of the Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE). “One of our non-profit organization’s missions is to bring the best out of the Indonesians in New England towards a better, stronger and more productive community regardless of ethnicities, social-economic background, and religions. And today is one of the examples of how our community, despite of our diversity, can come together in harmony to share our community strengths and culture through culinary and music”, she added.
Richard Lang, a Dover resident, who came with his buddy Mark, expressed his amusement over the bazaar. “This is our first time coming to an Indonesian event and we are very impressed by the number of people who comes here today. Absolutely amazing food. We will definitely come back”.
“This is a wonderful experience. It feels like we’re among family”, said David Fitzgerald of Maine who joined by his wife Pestiva. “I tried the tempe and rendang. They are my favorites”.
Aside from Indonesian delicacies, some vendors also displayed some ethnic clothing and jewelry selections from many parts of Indonesia such as Kalimantan, Bali, and Java.
Roy Godlieb of Dover was the D.J. for the day, playing many Indonesian favorites, which spurred the very active dancing styles of the poco-poco and goyang tobelo. Meanwhile, Agus Lele & Anis of Rhode Island and Jaffa of Massachusetts rocked the event with their amazing guitar and singing performances.
Thank you to all vendors, performers, ICONE team, KJRI New York, GBI-NH and those who came for making this event a success.