At times there was barley enough space to squeeze through the mass of people in Wolumla Hall there to celebrate the Sapphire Coast Multicultural Day.
Held on Saturday, August 3, the second event of its kind in the region was a success, drawing a larger crowd than last year who were all excited to learn about diversity in the Bega Valley Shire.
One of the younger migrants in the crowd was Pink Phanphol, who left Thailand for Australia in 2017 without knowing any English but now calls Quaama home.
The 19-year-old said multiculturalism was very important, because others would find it hard to fit in if there was only one culture.
"If you only have one culture it's not open, it's really hard to live," she said.
She thought a way Australia could improve was by becoming more open to other cultures, but for the most part it was "already good here".
Her friend Sutthini Homchuen of Bega is also from Thailand and moved to Australia in 2011.
As the now 19-year-old was relatively young when she first moved to the Bega Valley, she said it was fairly easy to fit in.
"In primary school everyone is accepting, they don't care where you're from," she said.
"It's probably harder in high school because they all already have different groups of friends so it's hard to accept new people into the group."
She said a way Australian students could help young migrants to the country when they were at school was for the Australians to just go and talk to them.
"Just go and ask them if they are okay, if they need help," Ms Homcheun said.
"Just be with them."
She said the biggest concern for the Thai community in the Bega Valley was getting citizenship as the wait time could be quite long.
"I want to go to university, but if I'm not a citizen I can't get HECS-HELP," she said.
She applied for her citizenship in 2017, but is yet to have it approved.
The multicultural day was run by the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast and attended by people from numerous nationalities who now all call the shire home, and aside from a massive feast of multicultural cuisines there was entertainment from groups such as Thai and Filipino women performance dances.
Ms Phanphol was enjoying the day, saying she liked seeing all the nationalities who came.
"I like the food and some culture, every different culture is so exciting!" she said.