Niagara College students will get a taste of the growing diversity on campus at a new food and arts celebration.
Called ‘WorldDISH,’ the event – presented by NC Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) and the International Division – will give students an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy their diverse cultural backgrounds through food and the arts. It will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at the Welland Campus (The Core).
A variety of food stations featuring dishes from countries such as Mexico, China, Poland, Ukraine, India, Canada, Japan, will give attendees a taste of traditional cuisines, reflective of the diverse origins of NC’s student population. In addition to the international cuisine offerings, the event will feature art, music and dance presented by students from around the world, representing countries such as Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines.
WorlDISH aims to connect Niagara College students from different cultural backgrounds on a new level and strengthen the College’s inclusive community.
“Food is one of the best ways to bring people together,” said Shari Walsh, associate director of Student Engagement, Advising and Career Services. “We hope students will learn and experience something new through food and, as a cherry on top, meet different people from all over the world that study side by side at NC.”
First-year Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations student Viet Do, who is originally from Hai Phong City, Vietnam, is looking forward to sharing his culture with the college community at the event. He plans to perform a traditional Vietnamese dance, which will also reflect his millennial generation with a modern approach of jazz funk and electronic dance music.
“Different regions in Vietnam have their own unique style of traditional dance, such as the rain bridge dance of the Central Highlands compatriots and the seasonal dance of the Northern Mountains people,” Do said. “I am very happy and proud to celebrate my culture with the College and I hope I will have more opportunities in the future to continue to share with those in Niagara about Vietnam’s way of life.”
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., the event costs NC students $10 to attend, with the option to purchase a ticket for one non-NC student guest $20. A sample at each food station is included in the cost of a ticket.
Students interested in celebrating a variety of NC’s many cultures through food and the arts, may purchase tickets the night of the event or in advance at ncworldish.eventbrite.ca.
Currently, more than 4,500 students from 92 countries around the world study at Niagara College.
Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.
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