International Food Festival to feature authentic, diverse foods


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The menu for the All Nations Club annual International Food Festival features food from 12 countries around the world with 20 different menu items available. The food fest will be held at the Jacobetti Complex from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday with tickets available in advance and at the door.

International students from the All Nations club will be cooking all of the food featured at the International Food Festival and proceeds from the event will go to activities put on by the All Nations Club, president of All Nations Club Min Park said. Food will be designated to tables organized based on the content where the food originated from. There will be options ranging from falafel from Egypt to kabasa from Saudi Arabia to cape brandy pudding from South Africa.

“It’s a rare opportunity to taste rare, authentic flavors of international food from around the world,” Park said.
One of the challenges of putting on this event included finding the ingredients needed for every recipie, Park said. Though there are challenges, international students in the All Nations Club are excited for the event to showcase flavors from their home country, she added.

“International students feel proud of themselves because they are getting involved on campus and they are representing their nation and ethnicity, and they’re also giving the community a taste of their home food,” Park said. “Also, they miss their home food. I think most students want to cook because they want their home food, so I think it’s just a win win.”

It can be especially difficult to find authentic diverse food in Marquette, Park added.

“The thing is, international students themselves are going to cook, so it’s going to be real food,” she said.

Tickets for Saturday’s International Food Festival can be purchased at the International Education Services office located in 2001 Hedgecock and are 5$ for students and 10$ for non-students in advance. Tickets will be 7$ for students and 12$ for non-students when purchased at the door on Saturday.