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International Food Festival celebrates cultures, friendships on campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 31, 2016 — International students at Drury University will share their cultures with friends and guests through food and performance during the 29th annual International Food Festival at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Commons in Findlay Student Center.

This year’s theme is the 2016 Olympics and will include a flag parade, singing, dancing, and other performances. Media are welcome to cover the event.

This popular dinner is truly a university-wide celebration, with numerous faculty, staff and American students joining their international friends each year. With approximately 12 percent of the undergraduate student population hailing from abroad, international culture is an important aspect of everyday life at Drury. These students bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to campus, further enhancing a focus on global learning at a university where about half all undergraduates study abroad during their academic career.

Food is an important medium for sharing cultures because, “every culture uses food as a part of their celebrations,” says Heejung Cromley, director of international support services. The festival will feature foods from Kenya, Korea, Italy, India, Brazil, and other countries.

The guests enjoying the food are not the only ones who get a meaningful experience. Students put in a lot of effort to prepare the food and it is often a daylong process. “They work so hard as a team and build friendships through this event,” says Cromley. This event is a way for international students to enjoy spending time with one another and share their culture with the community.

“It is such a wonderful opportunity for our international students to share who they are by introducing their culture through food and sharing,” says Cromley.

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