Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
SIU's 52nd Annual International Festival
CARBONDALE -- There was a whole lot of eating going on Wednesday at SIU. The school's week-long International Festival began Monday celebrating the university's cultural diversity. Wednesday was the International Food Fair.
SIU's ballrooms were crowded as representatives from ten countries offered guests their most famous dishes. For 52 years SIU has been celebrating the diversity the university brings to the community.
"I talked to people from Malaysia, China and it's real good. I'm really excited," said Carbondale High School student, Kathya Hurdado.
As part of their annual international week, hundreds gathered together to try authentic food from different cultures.
"I went to Bangladesh because Indian food is my favorite," said guest Don Domenico.
Domenico attended the festival for the first time and believes SIU excels at attracting international students.
"Seeing is believing," says Domenico. "This is just an amazing number of people from different cultures."
Just this year Chancellor Rita Cheng issued a letter sharing, Spring enrolled has the highest number of new international students since 2000.
"I just love the fact that there's so many international people here. It's just exciting to me," says Domencio.
This year's theme is building bridges across cultures. Organizers say this event opens the door for appreciation and respect for different cultures.
"It also helps to bring people together to form a stronger community that's very intercultural," says co-orgainzer Jana Simonis.
The festival continues with a cultural show on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom.
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