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International Students Host “Around the World One Bite at a Time” Food Fair

Thursday, March 17, 2011  
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For immediate release – 3/18/10
Contact: Rita Elliott, Communications – 815-226-3374

International students at Rockford College will prepare some of their favorite native dishes for students and visitors during the College’s annual International Food Fair, Saturday, April 2, 6 – 8 p.m. in Regents Hall, 2nd Floor Burpee Center.

Sponsored by the college’s Multicultural Club, the event will feature some 18 different dishes prepared by Rockford College students representing 24 countries including China, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Sweden, Tanzania, Panama, Great Britain, and many more. The club will be assisted by Sodexo, the College’s food service vendor. Last year, the event attracted more than 360 people. 

The theme for this year’s event is "Around the World One Bite at a Time,” and will also feature cultural performances of dance and music including, Polynesian Dancers, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico and others. Attendees will have a chance to win Gift Baskets whose proceeds will help to benefit the Rockford College March of Dimes. 

"As international students, we are really looking forward to sharing some of our food culture with our American friends.  It’s a great opportunity for those who normally won’t have the chance to travel to experience good food from around the world.” says Amour Muro, a Rockford College student from Tanzania and Vice-president and treasure of the Rockford College Multicultural Club.  Michelle D. Griggs, Director of the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education at Rockford College and Multicultural Club advisor adds, "We are also excited that we are partnering with the Rock Valley College Multicultural Club this year. The additional international student contribution will have a great effect on the dishes and the community.” 

Admission to the event is $10 for advanced general admission; $5 for students and children; $12 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased through the Rockford College box office in the Clark Arts Center, phone 815-226-4100, or at the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education located in Nelson Hall, Second Floor, #210.

For more information about the event, call the Kobe-Regents Center at 815-394-5176. 

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