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Foods from around the world will be served and international students, many dressed in their traditional attire, will entertain attendees with their native songs and dances at The Scott and Sheryl Morris International Food Festival, which is set for 5-8 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Cushing Coliseum.
Students from 24 different countries will have prepared ethnic foods to be sampled during the evening. In all, there will be 19 different tables with foods from Africa (Kenya and Zimbabwe), Malawi, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Eastern Europe (Belarus, Slovakia and Ukraine), Germany, Guatemala, HSA (Latin America), India, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Israel), Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
The evening’s program will open with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Mai Shibahara. Through the evening, performers will include vocalists from Colombia and Japan; dancers from Brazil, Colombia, India, Japan, Latin America and Nepal; and a demonstration of ken-do by Japanese students.
The UNK International Student Association organizes the annual event, with sponsorship by Scott and Sheryl Morris of Morris Press. Each year, more than 300 students from 43 different countries participate in the International Student Association. ISA members include UNK undergraduates, post-graduates, English Language Institute students and exchange program students.
The food festival, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with the 2005 James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs. The World Affairs Conference will be Monday and Tuesday, March 7 and 8, on the UNK campus.
Funding for the food festival has been provided by Morris Press and UNK UPFF funds.