On Saturday, The International Students’ Association will conduct its annual Food Festival, an event that celebrates the diversity and importance of students from around the world.
The festival, now celebrating its fifth year, is centered around many cultures, and highlights their significance.
The event, highly anticipated by many, emphasizes cultural diversity, specifically through different cultures’ foods. Students from many countries will present dishes from around the globe.
ISA president Brett Herman, junior math major from Fort Worth, said that he looks forward to the event, along with the rest of the Association.
“Food Festival is a good time to get to know about different cultures that you wouldn’t normally see in the ACU community,” Herman said.
Not everyone on campus is as aware of the international student population as others- Herman said that ISA’s goal is simply to “have some fun and raise awareness for different types of cultures.”
Though they have game nights and weekly chapels, one of ISA’s most popular events is the Food Festival. Herman said ISA is hoping to see a big turnout at the event; the Association has set up a table in the campus center to sell tickets for five dollars.
There will be a wide variety of countries represented at the festival. Dishes range from Japanese to Honduran to Burmese, with thirteen countries represented overall.
In addition to its array of international foods, the festival will feature games and other activities for those in attendance.
The event is open to everyone, including students, faculty and members of the Abilene community. The festival will take place from 6-8pm in the Hunter Welcome Center.
Herman promises attendees a good time, saying that the event will be “ a good representation of different cultures.”
While the event is focused on students from other countries, both the festival and ISA are open to any who wish to gain a new appreciation for cultures other than their own. Students interested in learning more can visit the ISA table in the campus center, or sign up for the ISA newsletter.