Northwestern State University students in multiple departments will present the International Festival of Culture and Cuisines in Downtown Natchitoches March 27.
This International Festival will showcase food, music, games and other features of cultures worldwide, including Louisiana, Morocco, Latin America, China, France, Italy, Greece, Australia, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica and Germany.
Each booth will serve food and drinks from their respective cultures. Jamaica will serve rum cake; France, croissants with Nutella; alcoholic beverages such as beer will be served in Ireland and Louisiana, and wine will be served in Italy, France and Hawaii.
The event will also feature performers such as Chinese Dragon dancers, Irish cloggers, and Moroccan belly dancers. Live music will be provided by the Back Porch Band and Metamorphosis.
Dr. Lynn Woods, professor in the hospitality and tourism department, said a huge focus of the festival is on students and the hands-on experience they get from participating in the festival.
“When they graduate, one of the main things they will be involved with is producing and planning special events like fairs, festivals, parades and the sort,” she said. “Regardless of their capacity, they will be involved with these events.”
She also pointed out the hard work of culinary arts students involved and their role in preparing the food.
“They have to research the countries, and the foods that they will be serving will be indigenous of those countries,” Woods said.
The International Festival will take place March 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Front Street. There is no admission cost, but tickets for food and wine can be purchased at the Germany booth for $1. All the proceeds go toward the NSU Hospitality Foundation.