Students, community enjoy International Food Fest
Student Life - posted on 11/28/2006
By Jodie Liedke
Student Assistant to the Director of Communications
Lakeland College students, faculty and staff, joined members of the surrounding community to taste food from all over the world, on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Lakeland's annual International Food Festival.
The event, which drew over 300 people, was held in Bossard Hall and sponsored by Global Student Association (GSA) and the Early Bird Rotary Club of Sheboygan.
"The festival lets students and community members enjoy the diversity at Lakeland College by tasting food from all over the world," said Barkha Limbu, a senior International Business/Marketing major from Nepal and President of GSA.
For over 10 years, GSA's mission has been "helping students interested in learning about various cultures and customs while striving to promote cultural appreciation through a wide variety of activities and events."
The International Food Festival has grown dramatically in size from only four countries in 2003 to the 12 countries/ethnicities that participated this year. That list included South Korea, Taiwan, China, Poland, Hmong, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania, Gambia, Japan, Nepal and Vietnam.
Lakeland's Samurai Action Team, headed by Jake Bersch, introduced Japanese culture through Samurai Action, which mixes Japanese dance, martial arts and theatre. The Hmong Society and students from Gambia performed dances and dressed in their authentic native garments. The UNITIES group also performed, and the entertainment included with an instrumental performance on the tranh, a plucked Vietnamese instrument. Slide shows created by Limbu and Jaime Wichman spotlighted Nepal and Poland.
Wichman, a freshman from nearby Franklin, came to Lakeland undecided about her major, is now strongly considering International Business after helping coordinate the International Food Festival as GSA's new public relations manager.
"I have always been involved in other cultures," said Wichman, who is excited to help plan GSA's next big event, International Night in April. "I love languages. I took Japanese for three years, and next semester, I will be taking Japanese and German at Lakeland."
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