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TU Twente: Serving up a taste of home

20 June 2008, 00:00

Food for free, cooking workshops, dance and music transformed the area outside the Bastille on Wednesday, the 4th of June. The occasion was the annual International Food Festival, which was held as a part of the `Let's Go!' event supported by PITS (Platform Internationalisation Twente Student organization).

Food for free, cooking workshops, dance and music transformed the area outside the Bastille on Wednesday, the 4th of June. The occasion was the annual International Food Festival, which was held as a part of the `Let's Go!' event supported by PITS (Platform Internationalisation Twente Student organization).

The University campus is home for students from many different nationalities. The International Food Festival is only one of the many platforms from which international students are provided with a chance to spotlight their culture. With 30 countries participating from all over the world, it was diversity on the plate.

There were stalls representing different countries like Pakistan, Columbia, Ethiopia, Turkey, Spain, Holland, Indonesia and the Congo, leaving guests spoilt for choices of which foods to sample first.

Some of the home-cooked food included: Shammi Kabas, Rostbratwurst, Satay Ayam, Gado Gado, Shrimp Dumplings, Sticky Rice in Bamboo Leaves, Ertensoep, Gulab Jamun, Tandoori Chicken and mouth-watering delicacies with tongue-twister names like Fasolka Po Bretonsku and Teff with Misir and Doro Wot.

Some stalls like the one from Ethiopia actually gave out handouts with all the nutritional information about the food. An Erasmus exchange student from the Congo was the sole representative of her country, yet her enthusiasm in sharing her country's cuisine was praiseworthy.

Another big draw for visitors was the cooking workshop conducted by a chef from Kook and Co, who created culinary delights like Sushi, Pesto and Tapenade, on the makeshift stage.

`This is so much fun and yet so informative. No textbook can provide as much information on different cultures as events such as these,' said one student, while happily biting into his satay. “There should be more such events” was the suggestion from another student. The fact that the entry to the event was free was also appreciated by the student community.

Mrs Thérèse ter Heide-Noll from the international office, one of the organizers of the event, admitted to the enormous amount of work that went into the making of the event. `However,' she said, `the enthusiasm of the participants makes it all worthwhile.'

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