IUSB to host Asian heritage month celebration and international food festival

Students at the Indiana University South Bend are hoping to give people a taste of culture Friday and Saturday night--literally.

Friday night, there will be an Asian Heritage Month celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The free event will include food booths, Korean gangnam-style dancing and a martial arts demonstration.

On Saturday night, the IUSB International Food Festival will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the food festival are $10 per person and $5 for children under 10.

Fifteen countries from Mexico to Zambia will be a part of the festival.

The gathering gives international students a way to share their different cultural backgrounds through food, dancing and fashion.

"We all enjoy the food. It's a world of spice and piquancy, and we like to know the stories that are behind the food. We like to know why they serve these foods, what traditions these foods are embedded in," said Constance Peterson-Miller, director of admissions for IUSB and director of International Student Services.

A group of students from West Africa will be demonstrating Liberian hair braiding, as well as sharing homecooking with traditional flavors.

"We're going to make a lot of dishes that might be different than [people have] ever tasted before, and also I want them to have a taste of how it is back home," said Rachel Enokou, an IUSB student from the Ivory Coast.

This is the fourteenth year the university has hosted the International Food Festival, which is held every year in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month.

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