The 31st annual celebration of the International Festival of Cultures will take place Sunday, April 14 at Ferris State University, with more than 100 student volunteers offering a diverse array of culinary delights and other cultural hallmarks from 1 to 5 p.m., in the University Center Ballroom.
Funding for the free and public event is provided by the President’s Office, according to Office of International Education Assistant Director Lisa vonReichbauer. The OIE sponsors this activity, with second-year Pre-Pharmacy student Kexin (Koko) Zheng, of China, heading up approximately a dozen students in the organizing team.
“This is the annual highlight for Ferris’ international students, who take it upon themselves to share the best of their cuisine, and native culture,” vonReichbauer said. “Word of mouth really builds from year to year. So, our participants look forward to the opportunities they can offer at this great event, which is both enjoyable and very gratifying.”
Ferris students are provided three food tickets when they present their university ID. All who attend are welcome to purchase tickets for 50 cents each, with the musical and cultural entertainment presented that afternoon for guests of all ages.
“Our students turn out in great numbers for this festival, along with many visitors from the community who have been attending for decades, and we see new faces each year,” vonReichbauer said. “We plan for a crowd of at least 1,500 for the festival, so our organizers and volunteers are ready and excited to entertain and serve.”
Anyone who would like to attend the festival, but requires special accommodations, should contact (231) 591-2450 or send an email. Anyone with questions related to the event can contact OIE at the same phone number and email address.