The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Continuing Education, Student Health Services and Student Recreation will host the inaugural International Food and Cultural Awareness Festival on April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Hansel E. Tookes Student Recreation Center on FAMU's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival will include an international cuisine experience with dishes from an array of countries, including: Jamaica, China, Haiti and France. Music, poetry, dance and fashion representing the various cultures will also be on display.
The festival, which has been two years in the making, will also focus on highlighting the achievements of FAMU's international student population and displaying educational exhibits to promote the heritage and traditions of cultures from around the globe.
“The purpose of the festival is to create a platform to showcase all of the cultures represented at FAMU," said Gei-Nam Lim, assistant director of the Student Recreation Center. “We feel this is a good start towards getting the FAMU community more involved in cultural awareness and cultural activities, and hope that the festival will be the icebreaker that leads to the facilitation of more international events [on campus]."
Tanya Tatum, director of FAMU's Student Health Services and one of the event's organizers, is hopeful that the event will be an educational, enlightening and unifying experience for all who attend, especially students.
“Culture is an extremely important factor in how we interact with one another,” said Tatum. “We hope to allow our international students the opportunity to celebrate their culture while educating others. It is important to recognize that there is a larger world out there."
For additional information, please contact Gei-Nam Lim at (850) 561-2770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.