The festival features food, performances from 11 countries

Delicious smells and radiant music filled the Health and Sports Center this Sunday at the 44th Scott D. Morris International Food and Culture Festival. The event was open to community members and UNK students, so that many could experience delicacies and performances from 11 different countries.

“Of course the food is pretty amazing,” said Peyton Ellis, a UNK alumnus who traveled from Iowa to attend the event. “However, I think the performances and what these students put in and all the work that they really put into it is absolutely phenomenal, very amazing. They put in endless hours on it and so sharing their culture with us is the best thing ever. ”

The event was organized by the Korean Student Association in Kearney, the Japanese Association in Kearney and the International Students Association.

The countries presented were Thailand, Belgium, Italy, Oman, Colombia, India, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Germany and Nepal. Shows and dishes were shared from each culture. Activities were presented such as henna, origami and name translation.

Some international students also wore traditional clothing.

“I am from Nepal and I come from a small town,” said Namaste Burnima, a freshman at UNK. “It’s a historic city, and I wear this typical Nepalese dress, and I’m very happy to share my culture here at UNK.”

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