The doors to Manjimup’s Macedonian Hall swung open once again as the community celebrated with a Macedonian Multicultural Afternoon Tea on Saturday. The Macedonian Community of Manjimup invited 110 guests to attend the afternoon tea on Saturday, with numerous traditional Macedonians dishes, cakes and sweets prepared for guests to eat along with hot tea. Also happening during the event were ongoing entertainment throughout the day, with local band The Strangers playing familiar favourites throughout the afternoon and later on, a Macedonian circle dance for those wanting to join in the group dance, as well as several raffles, with Southern Belle and Steve’s Menswear being two of a few local businesses who donated items for prizes. Manjimup Shire deputy president Denise Jenkins and Member for Warren-Blackwood Jane Kelsbie were both in attendance, and made speeches, acknowledging and thanking the organising committee members for their hard work and dedication to the afternoon tea. Macedonian Community of Manjimup committee president Chris Yovkoff said the afternoon tea was a great opportunity for the Manjimup community to spend an afternoon with friends and family and enjoy the food and entertainment on display. “The intent of the event was to give greater exposure to the Manjimup community,” he said. “While Macedonians have been a huge part of this community over the number of years, I felt that in order to strengthen the Macedonian community, it was best to open it up so that other cultures were able to come in.” He said he felt the afternoon was well-received, with attendees being happy with the afternoon’s events and the food and drinks that were on display. “I felt that the afternoon was fantastic,” Mr. Yovkoff said. “The general consensus was everyone was impressed, nobody went hungry, everyone enjoyed themselves, they all had positive comments about the band and how they enjoyed that and how people were able to take two hours out of their busy lives to have something to eat and drink.” Mr Yovkoff also made note that the Macedonian Community of Manjimup strived to make the afternoon accessible and diverse to everyone who was interested in the Macedonian culture. “We are a multicultural association that strives to preserve on to the various cultures and traditions and being able to help those that are interested,” he said.