32nd International Food Festival celebrates cultures, builds relationships
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 21, 2019 — An annual tradition at Drury, the International Food Festival will return for its 32nd year of celebrating food, cultures and people from around the world. The community is invited to join members of Drury’s International Student Association in this public, interactive event from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 23, in the the Findlay Student Center Commons. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, and can be purchased online.
As in previous years, international students will prepare authentic food from their home countries to be shared with participants. This year’s dinner will include dishes from 11 different countries, giving attendees’ taste buds a tour of the world in just a few hours.
However, the International Food Festival is about more than just food.
“I think the food festival is one of those events that, no matter your interest or age, you will enjoy,” says Velona Tawfik, a Drury student from Cairo, Egypt and president of the International Student Association. “There is a variety of things to do, a variety of food, and a variety of things to see.”
During the meal, diners will witness live performances from Indian, Latino and Malaysian cultures, followed by an iconic parade of world flags representing more than 50 different countries. Afterward, attendees will participate in the celebration firsthand through group dances and international art forms like origami, bracelet making, and henna tattoo.
According to Tawfik, everyone benefits from this chance to share cultures and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.
“The International Food Festival is important because it provides an opportunity for people to see different cultures that they don’t normally encounter,” Tawfik says. “Additionally, with the political state in the United States, it provides comfort for the international students that they are welcomed on both Drury’s campus and the Springfield community.”