Cornwall Diversity Food Festival will return to Truro for its second year next weekend.

Creating a platform to celebrate diversity and encourage cultural equality, the festival will be held on Saturday, November 17 (11am-3pm).

Organiser Mary Mawonera said: “I am delighted that Cornwall Food Festival is back for a second year and I would like to thank all the sponsorship organisations for allowing this to happen.

“Food can be used as a powerful tool to encourage dialogue and connect communities.

“Cornwall is changing and I hope this event captures that transformation whilst at the same time celebrating different nationalities, faiths and denominations.”

Held at County Hall, the free event will offer delicious food from across the globe but prepared locally in Cornwall.

Attendees can taste culinary delights from Africa to Syria whilst enjoying family friendly entertainment from local artists.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, added: “I am pleased to be able support this fantastic diversity event.

“Food can play an important role in uniting people as it enables individuals from different cultures, faiths, religions or background to connect with each other, swap recipes and learn about their differences and similarities.

“There is no better to time to come together, encouraging tolerance and social cohesion across the county”

The event has also been significantly supported and sponsored by the Lottery and ESF funded ‘Positive People’ programme along with Cornwall Council.

Steve Hawkins, Pluss chief executive, commented: “Our Positive People programme provides support to people across the region to build up their confidence and access activities in their communities.

“It allows people across Cornwall to overcome a range of barriers and build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

“We are delighted to support Cornwall Diversity Food Festival and are thoroughly looking forward to the event!”