The International Food Fest organized by Student Association (SA) is scheduled to take place on March 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Iles Gym. This is the second year that SA is putting on the festival, its initial launch having happened in the 2021 school year, according to a previous Accent article.
This year’s main organizer for the event is Issac Abraham, senior nursing major and cultural liaison for SA.
According to Abraham, the theme of the food fest takes inspiration from street food booths, with the goal of creating different ambiances for attendees. Abraham also notes there will be performances and giveaways happening during the event as well.
There are approximately 40 vendors signed up for the event, selling cuisine from countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, Italy, the Philippines, Czechia, India, El Salvador and many more, according to Abraham.
He said students will receive a free bundle of 15 tickets at the door of the event with each ticket being the equivalent of a dollar.
“We’re following the same policy as last year,” Abraham wrote in an email to the Accent. “Community members attending can buy as many tickets as they want, and there will be chances to win more tickets during the event as well!”
If students want to get involved in the event either this year or the next, Abraham advises them to apply to become a cultural liaison and help organize the event, or to sign up as a performer or vendor.
“[The International Food Fest] provides a sense of belonging to those who can relate to food similar to what they get at home, while also providing a sense of curiosity and wonder to those who will embark on a new journey of diversity through food,”Abraham said about how the event enriches students’ campus experiences.
“I am excited to see students enjoy the food,” Abraham wrote. “Good food and college students mesh well, and I want to see that combination flourish. So, I’d like to call all community members and students to come and enjoy great food and company at the International Food Fest this coming Sunday!”