International cuisine returns to FMU

Shanae Giles, Staff Writer

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Advisory Board will hold the 2nd Annual Cultural Food Festival Thursday, Oct. 11 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the University Center Commons.  At this event, students and faculty are invited to enjoy foods from the Caribbean, Eastern Asia and Europe.

“The Office of Multicultural Affairs hopes that this event will help encourage students to explore different cultures throughout our campus community,” Assistant Dean of Students Daphne Carter-McCants, who helped plan the event last year, said. “We also hope that this event will help to promote cultural awareness at FMU.”

Last year, students and faculty filled the UC Commons. The festival featured foods from France, Italy, Asia and Germany. This year, the menu consists of pork dumplings with soy garlic sauce and vegetable spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce from Asia, island peas and rice and jerks chicken wings from the Caribbean and assorted mini quiche from Europe.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs also has many other cultural events in mind for the 2012-2013 year:

Native American Heritage Month Program (Nov. 13): This program is a celebration of Native American heritage as well as culture. The speaker for this event will engage the audience through narratives and Native American folklore.

Annual MLK Day Celebration (Jan. 17, 2013): This program is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events held by Francis Marion University.

International Holocaust Remembrance Program (Jan. 28, 2013): This program is a dedication to all of the victims (Jewish and non-Jewish) of the Holocaust. This event poses as an unfortunate example of the importance of diversity and tolerance for individuals of different ethnic groups.

Black Heritage Month Program (Feb. 7, 2013): This program celebrates the African American heritage and culture. The speaker for this event has not yet been determined.

Women’s Empowerment Program (Mar. 26, 2013): This program seeks to inspire and educate women, while promoting unity and sisterhood. Although this is a Women’s Empowerment program, everyone (regardless of gender) is encouraged to attend.