ISU hopes to raise awareness, funds with food from around world

Chance Swaim

The smell of foods from around the world will drift from the Neff Hall courtyard across the main campus Tuesday at Wichita State.

International students will prepare hometown favorites — including bulgogi hot dogs, donar kebabs and kunafa — for $1 to $3 a dish to raise funds for student organizations through InterFest.

“InterFest” is the name given to the International Student Union’s (ISU) food festival, which takes place in the fall and in the spring of each school year. In 2014, InterFest won the Student Involvement’s Outstanding Cultural Awareness Program award.

“The festival provides a platform for intercultural sharing where the WSU community and visitors can try out diverse cuisine, and learn about the origins and cultural significance of a particular dish,” said Dilanki Terrenska in a news release. Terrenska is the InterFest Committee head and president of the International Student Union.

“It also serves as a fundraiser for WSU international student associations, although small groups of students from countries without an association may also participate in order to have as many diverse dishes as possible,” he said.

WSU’s International Student Union represents more than 1,600 students from 103 countries.

Besides bringing diverse food to campus, InterFest also raises cultural awareness and fosters understanding and cooperation among different cultures on campus.

Food will be served from tented stands and customers can eat at picnic tables set up in the courtyard or take the meals to go, Terrenska said.

The InterFest menu has not yet been finalized, but in the fall it included cuisines from Bangladesh, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vietnam.

Terrenska said Tuesday’s InterFest will feature hard work from student organizations and student volunteers who put hours of time and days of planning into the festival.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Interfest is an important fundraiser for participating student organizations,” Terrenska said.

If you go:

InterFest

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Neff Hall courtyard

$1 to $3 a dish