By Sam Miller, Contributing Writer
Spectators could experience the flavors of the world on Friday, September 22, when Servo closed early to prepare for the second annual International Food Festival. Students, faculty, and staff could be seen anxiously waiting for the opportunity to try some new and exciting foods.
The theme of this year’s festival was flight. Information about the whereabouts and types of foods offered were listed on a “flight board” and each stall was cleverly nicknamed with its corresponding departure.
The festival was hosted by the College Activities Board and invited not only members of Gettysburg College, but also extended the invitation to the surrounding community. Many students came with friends and faculty with their children.
Students and their friends were excited to try new foods they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to. First-year Julia Clevinger said she liked “how there are different foods from different cultures” and “definitely would not try all this food without the International food festival.”
Still, others found this event to represent more than an exotic meal with friends. Lamar Gayle, a junior sociology major, was working with DPS when he decided to share his view on the festival, saying it was about “bringing people together (with food) instead of promoting differences.”
Stephanie Marks, a food broker working for McCormick Spices, and head of the Sea to Table and McCormick Display tent, also talked about the importance of events like the International Food Festival. She says “for us (McCormick Spices) we think it’s great. People don’t always realize that the spices they eat come from all over the world. It helps to educate people about the quality of their food and what we are all about.”