Food festival brings cultures together

The Cambridge High School hall was the place to be when the school’s International Food Festival took place on Monday, May 6.

Students at Cambridge High School revived a long-time school favourite last week – the Cambridge High School International Food Festival.

The event hadn’t been held since 2016, but due to popular demand the school’s student cultural committee decided to bring it back this year.

“It was a real team effort,” said Taasha Connon, head of the cultural committee, who largely organised the event alongside Callum Trower.

Over one hundred students were involved in creating their own stalls that represented their heritage or chosen culture, some of them even dressing to the occasion to prepare and serve their meals.

Planning began in Term 1, with the day finally being held on Monday, May 6.

When the lunch time bell rang, hoards of students poured into the school hall to try the many foods on offer.

Items ranged from a delicious family-recipe Indian butter chicken to beautifully presented Japanese donburi, a huge range of delicacies from South Africa, fresh-baked French pastries, and even a Maori hangi. Foods from China, Thailand, South Korea, Fiji and Vietnam were also on offer.

Taasha Connon and Callum Trower from Cambridge High School’s cultural committee were happy to see the event finally come together.

“We left it up to the individuals to do their stalls how they saw fit,” said Taasha, who said she was really pleased with how it all came together.

“It was a really good turnout, what more can you ask for?”

Taasha said the best part of the event was the cultural celebration, student enjoyment, and great food of course.

“It brings cultures together and enables us to celebrate that with food.”

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