Recreation center to introduce International Food & Cultural Awareness Festival

Students at Florida A&M will be getting a taste of international culture Friday.

FAMU’s International Education Department and Student Health Services is teaming up with the Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center to host its first annual International Food & Cultural Awareness Festival.

Ileejah Hutchinson, a PR & Marketing /Communications specialist at the Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Recreation Center, said people attending the festival can expect cultural performances from student clubs around campus and a lot of.

“We’ve reached out to a lot of international restaurants around Tallahassee,” Hutchinson said. “There’s definitely going to be a lot of Caribbean food, Greek food, German food, American food, and there is probably going to be some Asian food.”

The festival will also have educational booths, a fashion show and guest speakers.

Timothy Miller, a third-year criminal justice student from Miami who said he’d attend the festival, has high expectations.

“I look forward to trying out the different foods around different countries and see how other culture operates,” Miller said. “I expect to see different cultures from around the world, try out different foods and to see what type of seasoning and ingredients other countries use from my standpoint being an American.”

Gei-Nam Lim, assistant director for the recreation center, said the organizers are working hard to make this festival a success. Lim said he and his team plan do this every year in the spring.

“Hopefully every year it gets better,” Lim said. “Because once the word gets out, we’re going to record the whole event so that next year when we reach out to the community and the students to make it bigger we will have information.”

Lim said the festival will be “a celebration of many different cultures.”

The festival is Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the recreation center, located at 2101 Wahnish Way. This event is free and open to the public.

For those interested, Hutchinson and Lim said that they’re looking for volunteers who would be willing to help set up before Friday. Volunteers may also direct people to where they need to go and pass out food.

Miller said he plans on volunteering at the festival as a means of giving back.

“I plan on volunteering to help and assist the people who will come and show them around various venues and inform them on the different cultures that we will have at the festival,” Miller said.

For more information, contact Gei-Nam Lim at 850-561-2770.

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