Date: March 19, 2009
About 20 campus clubs representing traditions from around the world will come together on Sunday, March 29, for the 45th annual International Food Fair at the Johnson Gym on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. From noon to 7 p.m., visitors will enjoy a small taste of the internationally diverse cultures represented among the student body. Admission to the event is free. Food tickets can be purchased at the door.
Each spring, the campus clubs collaborate to combine the various cultures into one savory event. More than 150 volunteers help prepare vegetarian servings from different countries around the globe including Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Korea and Brazil, to name a few. Each booth will offer an authentic menu while showcasing a bit of cultural flair through music and ethnic décor.
This recipe for success brings nearly 5,000 visitors to the fair each year. All will have the opportunity to sample familiar ethnic favorites, such as eggrolls, quiche and pansit, as well as new dishes including samosas (a Southeast Asian triangular-shaped pastry shell stuffed with spiced potatoes, onions and peas) and chapati (a special Indian bread resembling a tortilla). Sweet-tooths are always satisfied by brigaderio (a Brazilian chocolate fudge candy and all-around crowd favorite) or delicious pastries, cakes, rolls and traditional American strawberry shortcake with ice-cream.
In recent years, approximately $20,000 has been raised through the food fair, held annually since 1964. All the proceeds benefit the various participating international clubs.
Food tickets can be purchased the day of the event in the ticket office of the Johnson Gym. Tickets are sold in increments of $5 and menu prices range from 50-cents to $6. For more information, please contact the Office of International Student Services at 269-471-6395.
-Written by Ashleigh Jardine, student news writer, Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication