Estonians at Government House

Nicholas van Hattem 28. nov. 2011

Sunday 13 November was a busy day for Estonians in Perth. It saw the inaugural World of Food Festival, held at Government House. The idea was to showcase the countries represented by WA's Consular Corps.

Estonians at Government House
Enn Tobreluts, Anu van Hattem, Triin-Liis Härma, Kuno Treial, Andy Annat and Al Harris.


Estonia was well represented at every level of the event: on the stage, in the grounds, and in the organisation of the event itself.This was the only time Government House has been open to the public this year and 4,500 people attended.


The stage of the Government House Ballroom was graced by Grete Käsi, a recent arrival to Perth from Estonia and competitive ballroom dancer. Grete, with three other dancers, performed a series of beguiling routines to the full house.


All that dancing surely worked up an appetitie, and more Estonians were on hand to assist. In the beautiful gardens of Government House, 15 of the 45 countries represented by the Consular Corps offered foods from their homelands. Estonia was represented by the Est-crew and Enn Tobreluts who flew from Estonia for the event. The enthusiastic team delighted the crowd, particularly their whole roasted hog!


The Eesti Selts is extremely grateful to Triin-Liis, Kuno,Tiia, Kadi and Mait for agreeing to represent Estonia at the Consular Corps Food Festival and for their hardwork in promoting Estonia in WA. By 7.30 in the morning, the Estonian team enthusiastically supported by Al Harris and Andy Annat had the fires going to deal with the delicious pig.


The cultural performances and impressive food offerings required a great deal of organisation, and for that another Estonian must be thanked. In addition to being Honorary Consul to Estonia, Anu van Hattem also serves as Treasurer to the WA Consular Corps. Anu took a lead role in the event, and is in large part responsible for its success. Estonians can be proud of their impressive contribution to culture in Western Australia - graceful dancing, fantastic food, and a commitment to getting things done.

Estonians at Government House
Anu van Hattem with Malcolm McCusker, Governor of WA and Tonya McCusker at the Estonia stall.