20/03/14

Whether your passion is food or faith, there will be something for everyone at the opening of the city’s first Mosque and the inaugural Toowoomba International Food Festival on Sunday, March 30.

Delicious international food from Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Malaysia, Middle East, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey will be available to try while rides will be available to keep the kids happy.

President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba Professor Shahjahan Khan said he was very happy with the support from the local community and expressed his gratitude to the Toowoomba residents.

“We’ve had great support from Toowoomba Regional Council and local groups and individuals, as well as interest from Islamic communities from Brisbane, Gold Coast and even further,” Professor Khan said. “The opening ceremony is open for all to come along as we want to bring the community together as a statement of living in harmony.

“The Mosque will not be some exclusive place only for the Islamic community— everyone is invited to celebrate with us and we’re hoping to use it as a community centre in the future for other events.”

Professor Khan said a growing and increasingly-diverse Toowoomba meant that a local Mosque was needed.

The Mosque is located at 217 West Street, Harristown and the official opening and international food festival will be held on Sunday, March 30 between 11am and 7pm.

Entry is free although gold coin donations would be welcomed.

For more information on the Mosque or the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, contact info@isot.net.au or 0421081048.