A MIGRANT from Israel has made a successful business selling homemade Middle Eastern food in Bunbury.
Vicki Eyal migrated to Australia five years ago with her husband and four children, in the hope of finding a tranquil lifestyle.
“I appreciate every minute because it is so peaceful here,” she said.
Her passion for cooking combined with a yearning to integrate into the community is what inspired Mrs Eyal to start her own business.
Four years ago she attended her first Multicultural Night Under the Stars to sell her Middle Eastern cuisine.
Her food was very well received by the Bunbury community because of the exotic flavours.
“When I started four years ago people were not sure what the food was, I had to explain to them the types of food I was making,” she said.
Since her first appearance at the multicultural night, her business has rapidly grown.
She purchased and fitted out a food van, which she takes to a range of events and festivals.
Multicultural Night Under the Stars organiser Shamara Williams said it was great to see.
“It has been wonderful to have various cultural food vans that service not only Bunbury residents, but those who live in the outskirts,” she said.
Ms Eyals said she was grateful for the support of the community in getting the business off the ground.
Part of her success is owed to the fact that all her food is made from scratch, including the hummus and tahini.
“I soak the chickpeas overnight, drain them and then make the fresh hummus, nothing comes out of cans, and it is all homemade.” she said.
She has now branched into catering for local cafes in Bunbury and she said so far it has been very successful.
The Multicultural Night Under the Stars returns to Bunbury on February 28.