Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio – Travel around the world on April 15 with Wright State’s International Festival.
Wright State’s International Festival, hosted by the University Center for International Education (UCIE), will last from 1 pm to 5 pm and will host cultural cuisine from local restaurants, international beers, a flag parade, and more.
Cathrine Hernandez, international student program coordinator for the UCIE, explained that this is her second year hosting the festival, but the festival has been hosted for 33 years. She explained that the festival will host over 40 countries, each with a booth where visitors can learn about the country.
To begin the festival, there will be a parade of flags. During the parade, students will carry flags that represent their country of origin. Hernandez says there is “a sense of pride” when students see or carry their flag.
Local restaurants which feature cultural cuisine will be present at the festival. Several restaurants will be appearing for the first time. The Yaffa Grill for example, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, will serve baklava, hummus, and shawarma. Hernandez explained that she was particularly excited about the appearance of Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine. The owner of the restaurant is from Malaysia, so “he can really bring a Malaysian feel,” to the food, she said.
Sri Borra, an employee of the UCIE, also shared her excitement. She explained that she was looking forward to the new food vendors and the international beers. “I’m looking forward to [trying] some,” she explained.
This year, the theme is “Cities around the World.” To implement this, Hernandez explained, students pick their favorite city from their home country and discuss and decorate the table based off the city. The festival revolves around the theme “because no matter who are, you have a favorite city,” Hernandez said. Borra echoed Hernandez’s excitement, saying that she “Can’t wait to see the beautiful facts” about each city.
The decorations, Borra explained, will be provided by the Club of Canvas artists. The club has painted a canvas that shows “famous landscapes and buildings.” This painting will be a backdrop for the various tables presented by the students.
The event, Hernandez explained, is family-friendly. In one corner of the arena, “Children can travel the world through activities,” Hernandez explained. She said that children can participate in age-appropriate activities, such as learning how to use chopsticks, as well as other crafts and activities, such as a bounce house.
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Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney