Cuisines and cultures from more than twenty countries coming together today to celebrate diversity at the 47th annual Festival of Nations.

The festival brings the best of food, entertainment and crafts from around the world together at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

The event is about letting people share their cultures and help the general public appreciate the diversity that makes the Capital Region great.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn to grow, to see eachothers culture and to become more enriched by the culture of various groups in our area,” said Philip Dinovo, American-Italian Heritage Association.  “Everyone has something to offer that makes America as rich and as beautiful as it is.”

The event also included the crowning of the 2018 Miss Festival of Nations.

This year’s winner – sixteen year old Labika Baral, Miss Nepal, and in second place, Maya Bhat, Miss India.