MSSU to host 9th annual World Music & Cuisine Festival

Apr. 16—Missouri Southern State University will hold its ninth annual World Music and Cuisine Festival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Young Gymnasium.

Students and community members will serve international dishes while a variety of musical groups perform.

For $15, guests receive a wristband to access unlimited food samples while supplies last. Thirty countries are expected to be represented, including offerings from local restaurants Thai Time, Magic Noodle and Taste of Italy.

The MSSU Percussion Ensemble will open the festival, followed by the Mariachi Amistad band at 5:30 p.m. International students from countries such as Mexico, Japan and India will perform at 6:30 p.m.

"This event offers an opportunity to experience a great deal of cultural diversity. Attendees can meet people and sample foods from countries they've never dreamed of visiting," Aaron Carmichael, director of MSSU's Intensive English Program and coordinator of the event, said in a statement. "It makes the world smaller in a way, but it also broadens our perspective on what's out there beyond our own borders and culture."

A collaboration of the Institute of International Studies and the MSSU student-led International Club, the proceeds of the festival will help fund the International Club.