More than 200 CWA members from across the state have gotten into the Moroccan spirit at the University of New England.
The annual International School was a three-day event where CWA women from as far as Canberra and Wagga Wagga delighted in the flavours of Morocco – the nation of choice this year.
With the Moroccan ambassador and guest speakers in attendence, acclaimed Sydney chef Hassan M’Souli gave the women a hands-on food demonstration with some of the native cooking instruments and flavours.
On sale were his own cooking books which were a sell-out.
There was also a raising of two flags – the Australian and Moroccan – and the respective nations’ anthems were sung back-to-back.
Armidale CWA president Emmie Forge said many women brought in artefacts from visits to Morocco which all added to the cultural exchange.
“When we do this kind of thing we send word around to all the branches if they have any artefacts from the
featured country,” she said.
“It’s amazing how many people have been to these countries.”
Jan Donaldson from the Namoi CWA branch said it was “one of the best
weekends of their lives” for many of the members.
“They were so generous and the
lecturers were absolutely amazing,” she said. “The chef cooked a beautiful
chicken dish and cous cous, and the fashion design that was featured was out of this world.”
Despite the renowned spicy taste of Moroccan food, Mrs Donaldson said it didn’t burn any tongues.
“It’s spice without the fire,” she said.